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WAR has always been very much at the mercy of the weather, and the advent of flying emphasized the dependence. Between 1914 and 1917, meteorology gradually came to be an essential part of the fighting organization, though the scientific side of the work was still in the hands of a relatively few professionals. In the present conflict some knowledge of the subject is essential, or atleast helpful, to a large number of 'other ranks', while the number of civilians engaged on work in which the physical processes of weather are directly or indirectly involved must run into thousands in Great Britain alone. These men and women, mostly young and intelligent but with little specialized training, are eager to learn; yet the range of suitable textbooks open to them is sadly limited. Hence Prof. Brunt's new semi-popular book, written explicitly for this class of reader—he mentions in particular Air Force Cadets and students of radio-location—is very welcome.

Weather Study

By Prof. David Brunt. (Nelson's Aeroscience Manuals.) Pp. 216. (London and Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson and Sons, Ltd., 1942.) 5s. net.

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BROOKS, C. WEATHER STUDY. Nature 150, 645–646 (1942).

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