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Glimpse of the RAAF Meteorological Service




Chapter 1: Growing Up

Chapter 2: Port Moresby Before Pearl Harbour

Chapter 3: Port Moresby After Pearl Harbour

Chapter 4: Allied Air Force HQ and RAAF Command, Brisbane

Chapter 5: Japan Surrenders and We Are Demobilised
Visit to Japan
The RAAF Meteorological Service Returns to 'Civvy' Street
Some Thoughts on Tropical Meteorology



Appendix 1: References

Appendix 2: Milestones

Appendix 3: Papers Published in Tropical Weather Research Bulletins

Appendix 4: Radiosonde Observations 1941–46


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Some Thoughts on Tropical Meteorology (continued)

The thesis indicated that at that time we were well aware of the importance of upper divergence and convergence in producing changes in the intensity of high and low pressures systems at mean sea-level. Also that we were aware of the effect of upper winds in 'steering' the movement of surface cyclones and anticyclones.

The bibliography in the thesis gave an indication of the limited range of literature available at that time. The list includes Brunt, Douglas, Chree, Deppermann, Dunn, Grimes, Haurwitz, Humpreys and Jeffreys as the primary references. These, with Petterssen, were my primary sources and gave much food for thought. I did much reading of these texts and other papers at that time. Unfortunately there was no-one with whom I could discuss these ideas and obtain advice on how to examine theoretical aspects of the subjects which interested me. There were some interesting questions to be answered but I needed guidance on the best means of seeking solutions.

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Gibbs, W. J. 1995 'A Glimpse of the RAAF Meteorological Service', Metarch Papers, No. 7 March 1995, Bureau of Meteorology

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