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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

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
Organisation of State Bureaux on War Basis/ Additional Functions Undertaken
Communication and Censorship Problems
Operations at Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart

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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Brisbane (continued)

Normal forecasting responsibilities for the Queensland area were supplemented by an increased volume of advices for Army activities in the Brisbane metropolitan and adjacent areas. These went to LHQ, First Australian Army, First Australian Corps and Lines of Communication, while regular forecasting services to the Navy were supplemented by special advices for small ships and for coastal vessels requiring favourable weather conditions, such as ships damaged or in tow. Salvage operations also occasionally called for special sea forecasts.

In 1942, with the establishment in Brisbane of headquarters of the American forces in the South-West Pacific area, the bureau met many requests for climatological information covering Australia, New Guinea and the Philippine Islands areas.

The United States Navy Weather Central (SWPA) was provided with accommodation on the second floor of the bureau from early in 1942 until midway through 1944, serving as the central weather office for the American Navy in the South-West Pacific. This organisation linked D.Met.S. and United States Fleet weather reporting networks, following a policy of frequent changes in its internal personnel to provide members with experience of meteorological conditions in Australia and the island operational areas. Full cooperation was maintained between the staff of the Brisbane bureau and that of Navy Weather Central throughout this time, and also with the American meteorological unit established at Hamilton Reach (Brisbane) for ferry services.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Directorate of Meteorological Services (D.Met.S)

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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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