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    Naturevolume 13pages234236 (1876) | Download Citation



    A METEOROLOGICAL Commission, appointed by the Ministers of Public Instruction, Agriculture and Commerce, Marine, and Public Works, to inquire into the possibility and practicability of a more intimate co-operation being effected among the various meteorological systems of Italy, have just issued their report. The Commission consisted of fourteen members, including most of the well-known meteorologists of Italy, with Prof. Cantoni as president, and Prof. Pittel as secretary, and met daily at Palermo from Aug. 30 to Sept. 6, 1875. The more important of the conclusions arrived at are these:-That all methods of observing at the stations of the various, systems connected with the State be brought into accordance with those adopted by the Minister of Agriculture and Commerce; that harmonious action be based on the number, quality, and hours of the observations, a preference being given to those stations which from their position will best meet the requirements of local and international meteorology; that the instruments and modes of observing be strictly uniform; that inspection of stations be made at least once every two years, and that the reduction and publication of meteorological results be remitted to a directive council composed of meteorologists elected from the directors of the principal observatories and meteorological institutes, whose decisions will be carried out by a secretary and suitable staff.

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