John Jensenius is a Meteorologist and Lightning Safety Specialist with the National Lightning Safety Council. He retired from the National Weather Service in January 2019 after more than 41 years with the agency. In 2001, while working for the National Weather Service, he initiated the first national Lightning Safety Awareness Week, and has provided much of the information that is available on the NWS lightning safety web site. In addition, John has tracked and documented about 400 fatal lightning incidents in the U.S. since 2006, and has studied these incidents to try to find ways to reduce the number of future fatalities.
During his career, John worked with numerous organizations, such as Little League Baseball, to promote lightning safety among participants, officials, and spectators. In addition to numerous talks and interviews, John has appeared on network shows and special programs.
For his work in lightning safety, John was honored with the National Weather Association’s 2005 Public Education Award. In 2006, in recognition of his contributions to the NOAA lightning safety initiative, John was awarded a Department of Commerce Silver Medal, the Department’s second highest honor.
John received a BA degree in Earth Science/Meteorology from Millersville University in 1974 and an MS degree in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1976.