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Table of Contents
RAAF Meteorological Service
Chapter 1: The Weather Factor in Warfare
Chapter 2: Establishing and Developing the RAAF Directorate of Met. Services (D.Met.S)
Summary of Activities and Developments in D.Met.S. to mid-1943
Coordination of RAAF and United States Army Air Force and Navy Weather Services
Chapter 3: Recruiting and Training of Personnel
Chapter 4: Meteorology in Aviation
Chapter 5: The Met. Retreating
Chapter 6: The Met. Advancing
Chapter 7: The Met With the Army and the Navy
Chapter 8: Divisional Offices of the Bureau of Meteorology During the War
Chapter 9: Research and Instrumental Development
Chapter 10: The End, Aftermath, and Beyond
Summary of Activities and Developments in D.Met.S. to mid-1943 (continued)An Auckland conference held in 1942 was attended by representatives of the meteorological organisations of the United States and British Commonwealth operating in the South and South-West Pacific areas. This conference was convened to remedy the growing confusion in meteorological practices resulting from the progressive introduction of various code and cypher systems.
During this period, a night and day synoptic reporting network was also inaugurated in Australia. This network consisted of about 80 selected stations throughout the Commonwealth reporting at three-hourly intervals from 0300 to 2100 hours, Eastern Standard Time. The table below indicates the daily frequency of three-hourly reports from the complete synoptic network by mid-1942.
Table 2. Synoptic Weather Reports
Table 3. Pilot Balloon Reports (Six-Hourly Intervals)
Divisional Offices of the Bureau of Meteorology located in each of the capital cities of Australia, were responsible for administration and supervision of observing stations and other meteorological establishments within their areas. They provided forecasting and general services for defence formations in the metropolitan regions, and other services for the civil communities.
At Area Combined Headquarters in each RAAF Area, an Area Meteorological Officer was provided on the staff of the Air Officer Commanding for direct coordination and control of meteorological services at the air force stations in the Area, and for provision of services for the operational purposes of the Area Command.
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