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METEOROLOGICAL OBSERVATION : A LIGHTNING RECORDER, ABLE TO REPORT STORMS 200 MILES OFF.

The Meteorological stations established under the control of the Royal Naval Air Service are completely equipped with every kind of recording and warning instrument, found suitable for war purposes. As an instance of the completeness of the equipment supplied, the instrument shown here will serve.

Its functions are to detect electrical disturbances in the upper air, and at extreme distances, so that our aeroplane camps and stations within the affected area, or a radius of a certain number of miles, may be warned in time in view of contemplated operations. The enemy have similar stations in the occupied districts of France and Belgium, equipped with similar instruments to those we use, as a German account which was quoted in one of our newspapers related in some detail.

Illustrated War News – Wednesday 26 December 1917

Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy British Library Board

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