John Hanesiak


Department of Environment and Geography

Ph.D. University of Manitoba: Geography
M.Sc. York University: Atmospheric Science
Certificate of Meteorology York University
B.Sc. University of Winnipeg: Physics and Mathematics

Research Interests

Dr. Hanesiak studies storms, extreme weather, mesoscale processes, surface-atmosphere interactions and how climate change may affect extreme weather in the future. His research mainly relates to warm season processes, including convection initiation, thunderstorms and associated severe weather, as well as surface contributions via evapotranspiration and mesoscale boundaries. His Arctic work is limited to severe weather processes in the Churchill, MB region.  

University of Manitoba Weather Central Weather Information

Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) - Publications and Related Articles


I teach/co-teach the following:

GEOG 2300 Atmospheric Thermodynamics, Clouds and Precipitation
GEOG 3310 Atmospheric Dynamics, Storms and Radar
GEOG 4780 / GEOG 7780 Storms-Mesoscale Meteorology
GEOG 4300 / GEOG 7420 Synoptic Meteorology and Weather Analysis (every 2nd year, alternates with 4330)
GEOG 4330 / GEOG 7332 Concepts in Atmospheric Modelling (every 2nd year, alternates with 4300)
GEOG 4670 (grad course also available) Selected Issues: Severe Thunderstorms—storm chasing & field techniques (every 2nd year, summer)

The last course is Canada’s only for-credit storm chasing course - it is offered to U of M (and other university qualified) students and the general public - ask me about it if interested!

Links to our B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs. If you are keen on a career in meteorology, check this out.

Our meteorology/atmospheric science students can obtain co-op work terms with the local weather office and other government/private sector agencies as well as researchers & faculty members in our department.



Global Water Futures, Pillar 3, Climate-Related Precipitation Extremes
Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP)
PECAN (Plains Elevated Convection at Night)


Changing Cold Regions Network (CCRN)
Effects of Lake Breezes On Weather - Manitoba (ELBOW-MB)



468 Wallace Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB
R3T 2N2

(204) 474-7049 (phone)
(204) 272-1532 (fax)