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Nature volume 96, pages 636637 (03 February 1916) | Download Citation



OWING to the war every side of the work of the Meteorological Office has been affected, and many alterations in the staff have taken place, although it is highly satisfactory to note that in this period of emergency the office has risen in every way to the ever-increasing demands made on it by the Admiralty. This high efficiency is the outcome of the progressive development, organisation, and co-ordination of the work in all the divisional sections of the office and of the observations attached to it, gradually and systematically carried out, under the direction of Sir Napier Shaw, in the years preceding the outbreak of hostilities. Although all branches have supplied their quota of indispensable information to the authorities, the services rendered by the forecast division are more conspicuous than in other directions, so that it occasions no surprise to read that this division “has not failed to meet promptly and efficiently whatever wishes the Admiralty has expressed for information as to the weather over any part of the British Isles and neighbouring seas, for the use of the Navy, the Air Department, or the officials at headquarters.”

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