Treading on Thin Air

Treading on Thin Air

Atmospheric Physics, Forensic Meteorology, and Climate Change : How Weather Shapes Our Everyday Lives

Book - 2016
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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.

Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2016, ©2016.
Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
ISBN: 9781605988221
Branch Call Number: 551. 6 AUS
Characteristics: xi, 273 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), colour maps ; 24 cm


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Jun 19, 2016

I don't know . . . Austin says she wrote this book to inspire young girls to pursue the sciences, but I don't think I would offer this boring and tedious book to my daughter or a younger sister to inspire!
Dr. Austin doesn't even explain the difference between wx and climate until well in the book [p. 166 or thereabouts].
Major annoyance: On pp. 120 -- 124, Austin gives the false, planted news story explanation for the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge - - it was due to the company cutting corners, firing the first engineer because he wouldn't substitute poor grade materials the original design called for, and hired a different engineer who went along! In all probability, had the original materials been used, the bridge would still be here.
This book reads more like an advertisement for Austin's company, WeatherExtreme Ltd., than anything else.
[Reminds me of a math compendium, compiled by a mathematician, who incorrectly claims that Milgram's experiment indicated we are all six degrees of separation from one another?!?! Stanley Milgram's degrees of separation study demonstrated THAT WHEN THERE IS A CONNECTION BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE, it averages out to six to seven degrees of separation! It is utterly impossible for everyone to be six degrees of separation from everyone else! Utterly absurd!]

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