60 STAT.] 79TH CONG. , 2D SESS.-CHS. 911, 912-AUG. 8 , 1946 "WEATHER BUREAU "SEc. 803 . In order to promote safety and efficiency in air navigation to the highest possible degree, the Chief of the Weather Bureau, under the direction of the Secretary of Commerce, shall, in addition to any other functions or duties pertaining to weather information for other purposes, (1) make such observations, measurements, investigations, and studies of atmospheric phenomena, and establish such meteorologi- cal offices and stations, as are necessary or best suited for ascertaining, in advance, information concerning probable weather conditions; (2) furnish such reports, forecasts, warnings, and advices to the Adminis- trator, and to such persons engaged m civil aeronautics as may be designated by the Administrator, and to such other persons as the Chief of the Weather Bureau may determine, and such reports shall be made in such manner and with such frequency as will best result in safety in and in facilitating air navigation; (3) cooperate with persons engaged in air commerce, or employees thereof, in meteorological serv- ice, establish and maintain reciprocal arrangements under which this provision is to be carried out and collect and disseminate weather reports available from aircraft in flight; (4) establish and coordinate the international exchanges of meteorological information required for the safety and efficiency of air navigation; (5) participate in the development of an international basic meteorological reporting net- work, including the establishment, operation, and maintenance of reporting stations on the high seas, in polar regions, and in foreign countries in cooperation with other governmental agencies of the United States and the meteorological services of foreign countries and with persons engaged in air commerce; (6) coordinate meteorological requirements in the United States in order to maintain standard observations, promote efficient use of facilities and avoid duplication of services unless such duplication tends to promote the safety and efficiency of air navigation; (7) promote and develop meteorological science and foster and support research projects in meteorology through the utilization of private and governmental research facilities and provide for the publication of the results of such research projects unless such publication would be contrary to the public interest; and (8) detail annually, within the limits of available appropriations made by Congress, members of the Weather Bureau personnel for training at Government expense, either at civilian institutions or otherwise, in advanced methods of meterological science: Provided, That no such member shall lose his individual status or seniority rating in the Bureau merely by reason of absence due to such training." Approved August 8, 1946. [CHAPTER 912] AN ACT To amend the Act of June 23, 1943, so as to authorize inclusion of periodsof education and training in an Army Transportation Corps civilian marine school as "service in the merchant marine". Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the first sen- tence of the Act entitled "An Act to provide reemployment rights for persons who leave their positions to serve in the merchant marine, and for other purposes", approved June 23, 1943 (U. S . C., 1940 edi- tion, Supp. IV, title 50 App., sec. 1471), is amended to read as follows: "That when used in this Act the term 'service in the merchant marine' means service as an officer or member of the crew on or in connection with a vessel documented under the laws of the United States or a vessel owned by, chartered to, or operated by or for the account or use 80634--47-PT . --- 60 Ante, p.4. Observations, etc. , of atmospheric phe- nomena. Reports, forecasts, etc. Reciprocal arrange- ments. International ex- changes, etc. Coordination of re- quirements In U. S Research projects. Detail of peimona for training. August 8, 194 [H. R. 6263] [Public Law 692] 57 Stat. 162 . 50 U. 8. C., Slpp. V, i 1471. Ante, p. 905. "Service in the mer- chant marine."