The Meteorological Office


    THE recently issued report of the Director of the Meteorological Office for the year ending March 31, 1939 (H.M. Stationery Office. 9d. net), is largely occupied with a description of changes of organization arising from the rapid expansion of the Office, due mainly to the expansion of the Royal Air Force; it contains also an account of the methods adopted for dealing with routine requirements of the different services and of civil aviation. For these reasons a more careful perusal of the report is necessary than has generally been the case in the past in order to find items of purely scientific interest, although, it is curious to note, the decision was made during the period under review to make organized research a part of the normal work of the Office, instead of leaving research to individual enterprise on the part of the scientific staff.

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    The Meteorological Office. Nature 145, 64 (1940).

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