Dr. Elizabeth Austin is CEO and Founder of WeatherExtreme Ltd., a research and consulting firm. Dr. Austin founded the company in 1994. She has held professor/research positions at the Desert Research Institute, Inc. and Sierra Nevada College, a four-year, private college in Incline Village, Nevada. She currently holds a Professorship at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Atmospheric Sciences Department. Elizabeth has been an active member of the National Weather Association for many years, she is an active member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), has served on many AMS Committees and was Chair of the Board of the Certified Consulting Meteorologists (CCM). She is currently a member of the AMS Executive Council and President of the Association of Certified Meteorologists.
Elizabeth is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist award at the Laboratoire de Physique de l’Atmosphère, CNRS, Universitè de La Rèunion, Rèunion Island, France and the distinguished teaching award at the four-year Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village Nevada. She is the chief meteorologist for the Perlan Project to fly a manned glider to 100,000 feet. Her areas of specialty include forensic meteorology, aviation meteorology, mountain weather, mesocale atmospheric modeling, cloud and ice physics, education, and stratospheric mountain waves. Elizabeth has appeared on-air all over the world (Germany, China, New Zealand, France, Australia and the USA), lectured and taught courses and seminars on weather and climate all over the world.
Elizabeth’s forensic meteorology experience has ranged from civil to criminal cases including a double-murder, death-penalty case; to State and Federal cases; to foreign court cases. She has worked on well over 1,500 cases ranging from aviation, wildfires, auto accidents, agriculture, kite-surfing, boating, equipment malfunctions, avalanches, skiing accidents, and tornadoes.
Dr. Austin’s book, Treading on Thin Air, was recently released (April 25, 2016) and is published by Pegasus Books. Elizabeth resides in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, with her husband, former helicopter and jet pilot, photographer and filmmaker, Alan Austin and their thirteen-year-old son, Evan. She is the daughter of Award-winning film composer, Patrick Williams.