Treading on Thin Air

Treading on Thin Air

by Elizabeth Austin
Treading on Thin Air

Treading on Thin Air

by Elizabeth Austin



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Weather, water, and climate. How we feel, how productive we are, even our sheer existence, depends on these three things. The United States' economic activity varies annually by 1.7% due to weather—that is more than $500 billion dollars each year. Weather applications on mobile devices are the second most popular apps—more popular than social networking, maps, music, and news.In Treading on Thin Air, Dr. Elizabeth Austin, a world-renowned atmospheric physicist, reveals how the climate is intimately tied to our daily lives. The effects and impacts of weather on humans, society and the planet are changing with the times. Dr. Austin will demystify climate change, revealing what is really happening with our climate and why, whether it is El Nino, tornadoes, floods or hurricanes.Weather and society are at its most fascinating at extremes, and as Dr. Austin is one of a handful of forensic meteorologists around the globe. She has been called upon to investigate plane crashes, murders, wildfires, avalanches, even bombing cases. Drawing upon her rich experiences, Austin’s Treading on Thin Air promises to be an enlightening and informative journey through the wild word of weather.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605988238
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 04/15/2016
Format: eBook
Pages: 288
File size: 48 MB
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About the Author

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 Nation, 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, Nevada with her family.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

1 Surfing In the Stratosphere 1

2 The Business of Weather 21

3 Where's the Dead Body! 33

4 The War Effect 45

5 The Art of Clouds 57

6 It's Super Cool to Supercool 66

7 A SAGE Experience 79

8 Water Wars 90

9 La Réunion 105

10 The Wind Is from the Left 115

11 The Healing Power of Music and Women in Science 130

12 A Toxic Awakening 138

13 La Calamidad de México 151

14 The China Factor 162

15 Plane Crashes 176

16 A Canary in the Coal Mine 191

17 Extreme Extremes 202

18 Forensics, Extreme Wx, and Death 211

19 "Saint Francine" of Assisi 235

Acknowledgments 245

Selected References/Suggested Reading/Suggested Listening 247

Glossary 259

Index 267

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