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Meteorology in India*

Nature volume 127, page 467 (21 March 1931) | Download Citation



THE year 1929–30 was one of exceptional expansion and reorganisation in the Meteorological Department of the Government of India, arising from the formation of new air-routes. To meet the meteorological requirements of such air-routes, and of additional contemplated air-routes not yet in operation, as laid down in various international recommendations, it was found necessary to arrange for the preparation, twice daily, of weather charts at regional forecast centres, and to raise the status of most of the third class weather stations to second class status. A new forecast centre in charge of a fully qualified meteorologist had to be opened at Delhi in November 1929 in order to supply weather forecasts to the State Air Mail and other aviators flying on the Jodhpur-Delhi and Delhi-Allahabad air-routes, while the existing forecast centre at Karachi made itself responsible for forecasts for the Karachi-Jodhpur route. Further expansion was necessitated by the imminence of additional air-routes from Delhi to Calcutta and Calcutta to Rangoon, and detailed proposals for meeting this need were submitted to the India Government.

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