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Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology


Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology 1929–1946 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
Station Operations
Air Transport
The Port Moresby Office
Housing for Bureau Staff, Port Moresby
Staff Members and Their Families
Local Transport
Entertaining, Sport and Lifestyle
Shopping Facilities
Native Servants
Communication with Native Servants
Forecasting Problems in Port Moresby
Other Comments


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Other Comments (continued)

Tropical streamline analysis of upper charts was used in the Port Moresby office, but more emphasis could have been placed on the development of this art.

Forecasters, on arrival in the Territory, soon realised that a quick acquisition of local knowledge was essential, and some of this knowledge could be obtained from pilots who operated under Papua and New Guinea Visual Flight Rules (VFR) conditions. Valuable local knowledge could also be obtained from a manager of a plantation in a valley, who, for 360+ days per year, reported 8/8 of rising stratus at 0800 hours. The manager may have been hungover from the previous night's activities, but the 8/8 of rising stratus was factual. Lack of knowledge of the geography of the area of responsibility at a new station creates difficulties for a new arrival, and the odd place names in Papua and New Guinea added to this difficulty, but this problem was soon overcome.

Experienced DCA aeradio officers were very helpful with TPNG place names.

In recent years I have been associated with the development of Trend Type Forecasts (TTF), and during that period I have often thought, that with the help of weather radar at Lae and Port Moresby, the TTF operation could be a successful meteorological operation.

After writing of a period that is thirty years in the past, my last statement rapidly advanced to a recent development, the TTF, so it is appropriate to lower the curtain on the effort to describe the events of that earlier period.

C. A. Glendinning

November 1984

People in Bright Sparcs - Glendinning, Colin (Col)

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Cornish, A., Stout, R., Swan, K and Glendinning, C. 1996 'Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology', Metarch Papers, No. 8 February 1996, Bureau of Meteorology

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