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RAAF Meteorological Service



Chapter 1: The Weather Factor in Warfare

Chapter 2: Establishing and Developing the RAAF Directorate of Met. Services (D.Met.S)

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
With the Army
With 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

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Appendix 3

Appendix 4



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With the Army (continued)

Special attention had to be directed to predicting the state of surf and tides. Ralph Barnes of No.2 MMF was asked by the army task force commander to provide such information for beach landings at Dove Bay as:
  1. The exact landing place for various craft;

  2. The depth of water beneath the barge screws all the way to the beach;

  3. Whether or not it would be a day landing for troops and vehicles weather-wise;

  4. Whether high tides would reach up to the fringe of beaches and casuarina growth on the beach shore.

Routine information required included details regarding:

  1. The crossing of sand bars at river mouths;

  2. The selection of barge routes;

  3. The use of beaches as roads or for the landing of aircraft;

  4. The selection of off-loading beaches;

  5. Salvage operations;

  6. The construction of slip-ways and the supply of artillery meteors;

  7. The number of plane days when it could be suitable for the dropping of supplies by the RAAF; and

  8. The chances that floods would prevent the crossing of streams. The amount of rainfall, and the number of rainy days likely along strategic and supply routes were additional requirements concerning the weather—which is never non-operative.

Weather reports were always transmitted with the priority Meteor Immediate—a good indication of their importance.

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Joyce, J. 1993 'The Story of the RAAF Meteorological Service', Metarch Papers, No. 5 October 1993, Bureau of Meteorology

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