800.014 Antarctic/202a

The Secretary of State to the Argentine Ambassador ( Espil )

Excellency: I have the honor to refer to Your Excellency’s recent conversation with an officer of the Division of European Affairs2 regarding the expedition which The United States Antarctic Service proposes to despatch to the Antarctic in October of this year.

It is understood that the Argentine Government has for some time maintained a meteorological station at Laurie Island in the South Orkneys for the purpose of making long range weather forecasts, based on continuous observations of sub-Antarctic weather conditions.

It would be deeply appreciated if there could be made available to the United States Government such estimate of the weather and ice conditions which might be expected in Antarctic regions during the forthcoming season of 1939–1940 as the scientists attached to the Laurie Island Station might find it possible to make on the basis of their experience at what, so far as is known, is the nearest meteorological station in the world to the Antarctic Continent.

I may add that the appropriate officials of this Government would be glad to discuss the practicability of frequent, possibly daily, radio interchange of meteorological data between the Laurie Island Station and the United States bases to be established in the Antarctic.

Accept [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Sumner Welles
  1. Telephone conversation, July 21.