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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

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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Australia's first fully-equipped official meteorological station had been established at Hobart Town in 1841, and regular observations commenced from that date.

Like Adelaide, Hobart was more remote from the war theatre than the more northern centres. Nevertheless, the Divisional Office was fully geared on a war footing to provide all meteorological services wherever and whenever required by the Allied forces. The weather reports from Tasmanian stations were of vital importance to the whole synoptic network; and particularly in reference to conditions on the south-eastern coast of Australia, in Bass Strait and the Great Australian Bight. Japanese activities on the 2 000 mile coastline from Cape Howe to Cape York were apparent in the very considerable loss of shipping due to enemy submarine and mine operations in this area.

In 1945, Squadron-Leader George Mackey was the Divisional Meteorologist at Hobart.

People in Bright Sparcs - Mackey, George William

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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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