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Meteorology in Northern Rhodesia

    Naturevolume 135page922 (1935) | Download Citation



    THE Meteorological Report for Northern Rhodesia for 1931-32 (No. 9) is the first of this series that has appeared since responsibility for the direction of meteorological work in that colony was taken over by the Director of the British East African Meteorological Service (Mr. A. Walter), for although the new service was officially inaugurated in 1929, it was not until the end of 1931 that Northern Rhodesia was included in it, control being meanwhile in the hands of the Director of Surveys. The new regime began soon after the completion of the Territorial First Order Meteorological Station at Broken Hill-a station exactly similar to the other first order stations already established in Kenya, Tanganyika and Uganda. Before the end of the year, autographic records of temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure were in operation there, and were used for obtaining the hourly readings of these elements that appear in this report for the six months January-June 1932. The work of Broken Hill includes the distribution of forms and equipment to the subsidiary stations within the colony, the handling of all the records obtained at such stations, and the issuing of weather reports, including the results of pilot balloon ascents, to aeroplanes passing over Northern Rhodesia. The report is on the same general lines as the earlier annual reports; it includes, in addition to statistical tables on normal lines, discussions of the separate meteorological elements, among which rainfall, as in the tropics generally, is of the greatest immediate practical importance. There is in addition an account of a waterspout that was seen near Nsalushi Island, in the swamp area of Lake Bangweolo, on February 19, 1932, and particulars of slight earth tremors reported from a number of subsidiary climatological stations.

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