Tornadoes are topic of UW-Sheboygan lecture

Geography & Season Matter
By UW-Sheboygan

tornadoWith the return of warmer weather, Wisconsin residents know this means tornado season is upon us. On Tuesday, April 10, UW-Sheboygan invites the community to learn more about the “Geographic Influences on Tornadoes in the U.S.
The one-hour lecture begins at 7pm in the Wombat Room (Room 2114) on the UW-Sheboygan campus, located at One University Drive in Sheboygan.  

According to speaker, Christopher Johnson: “Let’s just say that tornadoes in the Midwest are far different than those in Florida during the summertime – how they form, their intensity, and how long they last. Wintertime tornadoes in Florida, however, are typically similar to those in the Midwest during the summertime. Geography and season matter when it comes to tornado characteristics and frequency of events.”  

Johnson, who teaches Physical Geography and Geographic Information Science, is a lecturer for the UW Colleges. He will explain why the geography of the continental U.S. is ideal for severe thunderstorm and tornado formation and will discuss the dynamics of tornado seasonality and distribution throughout the country. Johnson will also address the many misperceptions the public has about tornadoes as far as when and where they can occur and what to do during a tornado emergency.

Johnson earned his master’s degree in physical & environmental geography at the University of New Mexico in 2002. As a graduate student, he concentrated his studies on climatology and natural hazards. His graduate research analyzed the influences that El Niño and La Niña have on severe weather in the Southeastern U.S. during the winter season. He has taught various geography and environmental science courses at MATC, UW-Parkside and Carroll University.

The Speaker’s Series presents a new topic each month (September – May) that is discussed in an open forum format. Admission and parking are free. For directions to the campus or more information, visit




What: Lecture: Georgraphic Influences on Tornadoes in the U.S.

Who:   Christopher Johnson, UW-Colleges, Geography Dept.

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7pm

Where: UW-Sheboygan, One University Drive, Sheboygan – Wombat Room

Free admission  (No registration is necessary)


Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications