John Lenters joined WeatherFlow in the spring of 2019. He grew up in west Michigan near the shores of Lake Michigan and has always had an interest in the Great Lakes. He went on to study physics and mathematics at Hope College and then atmospheric science at Cornell University, where he received a Ph.D.
He spent time doing post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying lake-climate interactions in the Midwest. This was followed by faculty positions at Lake Superior State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he taught classes in physics, meteorology, and hydrology and pursued Great Lakes research. John then moved to Ann Arbor, MI to work with an environmental consulting firm and shortly after that he started his own consulting company to pursue weather and lake research in northern Wisconsin and in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In the spring of 20020, he joined the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Technological University as a research scientist and is studying lake-atmosphere interactions. This includes phenomena such as lake-effect snowfall, wind-wave interactions, large storms, lake evaporation, and the impacts of climate change on lake temperature, ice cover, and water levels. This work has led John to become an active contributor to the operation of weather buoys on Lake Superior and beyond.
While working, John is regularly out on Lake Superior to deploy and service weather buoys. When off-duty, he continues to spend much of his time outdoors and on the water. He enjoys kayaking, swimming, and recreational boating, particularly on Lake Superior and the lakes of northern Wisconsin and he has a budding interest in surfing and windsurfing.