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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)
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
AdelaideThe Adelaide Divisional Office was perhaps the most remote from the actual war scene. There is not much recorded evidence of significant enemy activity in the Southern Ocean. This vast and lonely expanse of water is forbidding both in the enormous seas that surge through it and the wild weather conditions which frequently characterise it. However, for many years, including the period of World War II, the long east-west passage across the Great Australian Bight was part of the route for shipping plying from Australia to Great Britain and vice versa.
The Adelaide Divisional Office represented an important meteorological link in the chain of communication from Perth to Melbourne and from Adelaide itself northward. In the event of an emergency occurring, an office was set up in the suburbs to carry on essential services for Army headquarters. This office was never utilised and was closed in October 1943. Arrangements were made at the Divisional Office to supply the defence forces with any information required. Frequent requests were received from naval authorities in connection with the movement of shipping in the Bight. Meteorological services were also supplied for the RAAF base at Parafield and other smaller establishments.
As at other Divisional Offices, security of weather information was imposed at Adelaide. Some modification was made to permit the broadcast of certain information in plain language for remote inland stations.
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