Lake Tahoe weather, climate expert pens new book, ‘Treading On Thin Air’ |

Lake Tahoe weather, climate expert pens new book, ‘Treading On Thin Air’

Austin's book, “Treading On Thin Air.'
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Dr. Elizabeth Austin is a world-renowned atmospheric physicist and the founder of WeatherExtreme Ltd., which is headquartered in Incline Village.

She is also one of the foremost experts on the worldwide impact of weather and climate on our daily lives. Her new book, “Treading On Thin Air,” is a lively exploration of weather, climate and many other fascinating topics.

In addition to her expertise on weather and climate, Dr. Austin is also regarded as one of the world’s leading forensic meteorologists.

Elizabeth’s expert witness experience includes civil and criminal cases — state and federal actions in the U.S. and around the world.

She has worked and counseled on well over 1,500 cases, ranging from aviation, wildfires, auto accidents, agriculture, kite surfing, boating, avalanches, skiing accidents, tornadoes and hurricanes.

Elizabeth has acted as personal adviser and climate and weather expert for such distinguished clients as NASA, Federal Express, Air France, Airbus, Rockwell Collins, Time Warner, Southern California Edison, The United Nations and the Department of Justice, to mention a few.

She has appeared on-air, lectured and taught courses and seminars on weather and climate all over the world, including Germany, China, New Zealand, France, Australia and the USA.

Dr. Austin is also the chief scientist/meteorologist on the ground breaking and record breaking Perlan Project.

The Airbus Perlan II project is an aeronautical event preparing to fly a manned glider to a record breaking altitude of 90,000 feet in Argentina. The project has previously set the world record of just over 50,000 feet with an earlier generation glider.

Among Dr. Austin’s many honors is being the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. She is also an affiliate research professor at the Desert Research Institute at the University of Nevada, Reno.

She also is an active member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society.

Dr. Austin Resides in Incline Village with her husband, Alan Austin, a former jet and helicopter pilot and photographer/cinematographer, and her 11-year-old son Evan. She is the daughter of award winning film music composer, Patrick Williams.

This article was provided by WeatherExtreme Ltd. Visit to learn more.

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