Documentary showing how information about the weather is gathered.
Catalogued from negative on machine that only views in positive so some details unclear.
Reel 1 continued. C/U of the ship's telegraph being operated. M/S of jetty as the ship moves away. Friends wave. M/S of some of the crew waving. View of Greenock as the ship moves away. Shot of prow of ship and of various members of the crew. C/U of sailor at the helm and of the ship's telegraph. C/U of man marking out the route on a map. C/U of ship's funnel. Seagulls fly past the boat. Nimbus - the ship's cat - is petted by our narrator. Various shots of the ship and the crew. C/U of a man looking through sextant. Route is marked out. They are close to Iceland. C/U of a map - location of ship is marked. Eight nations have got together to set up a service that covers previously unchartered territories. Location of other proposed floating met stations are shown. L/S of the ship from another ship - choppy sea. M/S of a crew member walking along the deck of the ship - he swerves around as the boat moves. He measures the sea temperature with a canvas bucket. Shot of the bucket being lowered over the side to collect a sample. C/U of crew members' wellingtons and coils of rope by his feet. The bucket is brought back on deck and the crew member puts a thermometer into the water. C/U of him looking at the large thermometer. "Jock" is an ex engineer and TT racer. Air temperature from the roof of the Wheel house is measured. C/U of man walking down a step ladder. Visibility is then measured with an instrument called a Loofah (sp?) C/U of man looking through a tube into the machine. He then approaches the Officer of the Watch and they discuss sky and sea conditions. C/U of sign for the Met Plotting Office. C/U of man looking at some sort of measuring instrument. Interior of the balloon shed where the balloon is being prepared for the afternoon ascent. C/U of men preparing measuring instruments and transmitters which are attached to the balloon. Shots of two men launching the balloon. It is tricky as it is windy. The two men shake hands after a successful launch. C/U of the Officer of the Watch following the course of the balloon with a tracking instrument. He speaks into a microphone which is connected to the Radio Room below. C/U of the radar set as it turns on the deck of the ship. Continued.