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Treading On Thin Air

A book by Dr. Elizabeth Austin, forensic meteorologist and founder of WeatherExtreme Ltd., is part memoir and takes us on a journey on the world of weather and climate and how they directly impact our lives.

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“Treading on Thin Air, chronicles a love affair with science. It is an essential read for those who would be romanced by the mysteries of our planet’s atmosphere. It is populated with characters who don’t “do” science, but by those that must do science, because they have fallen under the spell of the mysteries that surround us.

Elizabeth Austin is one of those people.

The story of the Perlan Project’s quest to explore the atmosphere up to edge of space in a glider is a recurring part of this remarkable story.”

-Ed Warnock
CEO, The Perlan Project

“I found it fascinating, especially the discussing of flight KAL 801 in Guam, where she buried the contentions of the FAA about what was going on weather wise at Agana, when the flight was inbound.”

Jerry Sterns – Sterns & Walker

“If you have more than a passing interest in the weather, then ‘Treading on Thin Air’ by Dr. Elizabeth Austin will be a great read. Austin has the ability of taking highly complex concepts and putting them into terms that aren’t just understandable, but instead, brings the reader into her world of passion for the weather.”

-Eureka Times Standard

“BRILLIANT! Dr. Austin takes us on a journey around the world and covers so many topics in a fascinating and engaging way! From the implications of today’s weather and its changes, to aviation and how our atmosphere affects it, how meteorology plays into accidents and crime investigations, she covers it all. I am amazed, but not surprised, at her knowledge in so many scientific areas and her ability to cover them in ways that will be fascinating to anyone reading this book. I learned so very much from reading it and I know others will too. Her stories are a “Must Read” and I thoroughly enjoyed this book!”

-Robert “Hoot” Gibson
Navy Fighter Pilot and Space Shuttle Commander


Dr. Elizabeth Austin is the founder and president of WeatherExtreme Ltd. and is recognized as one of America’s foremost experts on climate change and extreme weather conditions. An aviation and forensic meteorologist, cloud and ice physicist, Dr. Austin has worked with NASA, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Justice, and has counseled on cases ranging from aviation and wildfires to avalanches and tornadoes. An active member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society, she resides at Lake Tahoe with her family.

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