Even the Birds Were Walking. J. A . Kington and ing to pressure values observed on the barometer at Peter G . Rackliff. 2000 . 192 pp. $39.99 . Hardbound. intervals of 50 mb during ascent or descent. Normal Tempus Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7524-201 6-X. practice was to flatten out during the ascent or descent for at least one minute to ensure representative read- ings at various altitudes. By the 1930s, electrically No one can appreciate the value of an aircraft heated flying suits became available, which made weathe r reconnaissance report on a data-sparse measurements at the colder levels easier for the pilot weather map more than a synoptic meteorologist at- to record. tempting to complete an analysis and a forecast. This was especially true during wartime over ocean areas Developments in aircraft weather reporting flights stripped of the normal ship weather reports. This book were continued in the 1930s by the RAF, and by 1936 describes the weather reconnaissance systems in place the Air Ministry had established two meteorological over the Atlantic and Europe in World War II. It be- flights. Before radiosonde stations were set up, these gins with a brief history of aircraft weather observa-
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