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War History of the Australian Meteorological Service




Chapter 1: D.Met.S.—Australia's Wartime Weather Service

Chapter 2: The Weather Factor in Warfare

Chapter 3: Met in the Retreat

Chapter 4: Met in the Advance

Chapter 5: Meteorology in Aviation

Chapter 6: Central Forecasting Services
General Reorganisation for War
Security and Censorship
Code and Cipher Development
National Synoptic Broadcasts
Services to Armed Forces
Services to Private Industry

Chapter 7: Met With the Army

Chapter 8: Research and Personnel Training

Chapter 9: Instrumental Development and Maintenance

Chapter 10: Scientific Developments in the RAAF Meteorological Service

Chapter 11: Divisional Bureaux and Their Work

Appendix 1: List of Reports Provided by D.Met.S. for Advances Operational Planning and Other Purposes

Appendix 2: List of Service Personnel RAAF Meteorological Service

Appendix 3: List of Civilian Personnel Who Worked Together with Service Personnel of the RAAF Meteorological Service

Appendix 4: List of Locations at which RAAF Meteorological Service Personnel Served


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Meteorological forecasting or observing sections were attached to the majority of RAAF stations and main aerodromes, so that the main function of the central forecasting section in Melbourne lay in coordination of code forms and ciphers.

However, it was responsible for supplying weather information to RAAF Southern Area headquarters and to No 7 Fighter Sector, the latter receiving reports by direct telephone every three hours. In addition, weather charts and forecasts were supplied daily during the early stages of the war and a meteorologist visited fighter sector headquarters each morning for consultation. These services were modified as danger of enemy action in southern Australia became less probable.

Meteorological services to Southern Area headquarters consisted of copies of daily weather charts, area forecasts at six-hourly intervals and general advisory statements on conditions of the elements covering zones of air operation in south-eastern Australia.

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Haldane, T. 1997 'War History of the Australian Meteorological Service in the Royal Australian Air Force April 1941 to July 1946', Metarch Papers, No. 10 October 1997, Bureau of Meteorology

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