The United States Weather Bureau yesterday moved its headquarters for regular observing of the sun's radiation from Washington, D. C. to the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory of Harvard University, in Milton.
Two government technicians and government solar observation equipment will henceforth be located at the Harvard station. Weather bureau instruments for solar observation will be calibrated at the Harvard station, and the routine solar reports of other government observation will be received and edited here.
Radiation Studied Here 8 Years
Harvard's observation has been carrying on study of the intensity of solar radiation for eight years, initiated by Herbert H. Kimball, research associate, who retired from the government Weather Bureau in 1932, and from the University last year.
Solar observations made at the Harvard weather station include measurement of the intensity of solar radiation on a horizontal plane and on a plane perpendicular to the sun's rays, and also study of the dust and moisture content of the atmosphere.
The observations are important is weather forecasting and also for increasing knowledge about the sun and the earth's atmosphere.
Professor Charles F. Brooks, director of the University weather station, explained that in moving solar observation headquarters to the Harvard station the government weather officials considered both the advantageous observing conditions on Blue Hill, relatively free from city smoke; and also the intensive studies of solar radiation being carried on in this region by both Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the auspices of foundations established by Godfrey L. Cabot, Harvard, 1882, of Boston.
The government technicians to be located at Blue Hill will be Irving F. Hand, of Washington, D. C.; and Mrs. Helen Cullinane, also of the Washington Bureau, formerly of Reading, Massachusetts.