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Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology
Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology 19291946 by Allan Cornish
History of Major Meteorological Installation in Australia from 1945 to 1981 by Reg Stout
Four Years in the RAAF Meteorological Service by Keith Swan
The Bureau of Meteorology in Papua New Guinea in the 1950s by Col Glendinning
Brief History and Geography
The Port Moresby Office
Housing for Bureau Staff, Port Moresby
Staff Members and Their Families
Entertaining, Sport and Lifestyle
Communication with Native Servants
Forecasting Problems in Port Moresby
MeteorologyPort Moresby is situated in a relatively low rainfall area which is influenced by the mountain ranges of the interior and the local orientation of the Papuan coast. The coastal hills, and the range to the south-east, also have an influence on rainfall in the Port Moresby area during the dry season.
There are two distinct seasons, the wet and the dry, separated by two short transition periods. The wet season is also characterised by winds of variable direction, and the dry season is characterised by the 'south-easters'.
Despite Mr H. E. Whittingham's written comment on page 128 of Extreme wind gusts in Australia, February 1964, the coastal hills do have a significant influence on the wind velocity at Jackson's strip during the 'south-easters'.
Aviation area forecasts were prepared by the Lae office. These forecasts were often divided into sections to cope with the markedly different weather experienced in the highland valleys and over the peaks in New Guinea's rugged interior.
I was quite surprised on my arrival at the Jackson's strip office to find that there was a paucity of information on seasonal averages in the office, despite the fact that Jackson's was originally a World War 2 airstrip.
A reasonable amount of unprocessed data was contained in the office records. In my opinion, some of the public and aviation inquiries could not be answered satisfactorily by using the raw data. These inquiries prompted me to process the data and produce averages of certain phenomena. Selections of these averages were included in an article Seasonal winds and weather at Jackson's airport, Port Moresby, by C. A. Glendinning, published in the Australian Meteorological Magazine Number 27, December 1959. A request to publish a French translation of this article was received from the meteorological service in New Caledonia.
People in Bright Sparcs - Glendinning, Colin (Col); Whittingham, Herbert E. (Herb)
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