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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950
Warren the Man
Warren Joins the Bureau
Wartime Perceptions and Attitudes
Return to Civvy Street
People in the Bureau
Re-establishing and Reorganising the Bureau
Reorganisation of Central Office
The Position of Chief Scientific Officer
Post-War Reorganisation
The Haldane Story
Public Weather Services
The New South Wales Divisional Office
The Victorian Divisional Office
The Queensland Divisional Office
The South Australian Divisional Office
The Western Australian Divisional Office
The Tasmanian Divisional Office
Pre-war Services for Civil Aviation
Post-War Meteorological Service for Aviation
Indian Ocean Survey Flight
The Aviation Field Staff
Synoptic Analysis, Prognosis and Forecasting
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Meteorology
A Wider Scientific Horizon
Research, Development and Special Investigations
Analysts' Conference, April 1950
Instruments and Observations
Radar Winds and Radar Weather Watch
Climate and Statistics
The Universities
Achievements of the Warren Years

Chapter 2: International Meteorology

Chapter 3: The Timcke Years, 1950 to 1955

Chapter 4: A Year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Chapter 5: The Dwyer Years, 1955 to 1962

Chapter 6: A Springboard for the Future

Appendix 1: References

Appendix 2: Reports, Papers, Manuscripts

Appendix 3: Milestones

Appendix 4: Acknowledgements

Appendix 5: Summary by H. N. Warren of the Operation of the Meteorological Section of Allied Air Headquarters, Brisbane, 1942–45



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Research, Development and Special Investigations (continued)

My main research initiative was to investigate methods of improving forecasts for aviation, particularly those of in-flight winds and conditions at aerodromes. I was keen to improve techniques of upper air analysis and forecasting.

With observations available from Heard and Macquarie Islands I arranged for the printing of base charts suitable for synoptic analysis of the Southern Ocean. I arranged that staff of the CAWDS should have time for research and convened regular Friday afternoon discussion groups in that Section. There seemed to be opportunities of improving the processing of climate data and I was involved in discussions on the use of Hollerith punch-cards, sorters and tabulators for such data processing.

The civil defence organisations being formed in the various States emphasised protection of civilians from nuclear attacks and we were involved in some preliminary assessments of likely trajectories and fallout from atomic clouds.

One of the most remarkable events during my term as Supervising Meteorologist (Research) occurred when Warren told me that the supervisors of the displaced persons camp in Melbourne had a man employed in caring for the boilers who claimed to be a former professor of mathematics and meteorology in the USSR.

The displaced persons camp housed refugees from the war in Europe who had been left homeless by the retreat of the German army and the retaking of territory by the Allies. Warren asked me to interview Serafim Karelsky, who had a very primitive command of English, which however far exceeded my knowledge of Russian.

I devised a test in which he was given a plotted map of meteorological observations for the Australian region and was asked to produce a synoptic analysis of the situation. In retrospect it was a daunting task. He demonstrated a working knowledge of meteorology, and after the usual bureaucratic procedure, was employed in the Bureau. Sima, as we learnt to call him, became one of the first 'new Australians' to join the Bureau. We shall hear more of him later.

People in Bright Sparcs - Warren, Herbert Norman

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Gibbs, W. J. 1999 'A Very Special Family: Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology 1946 to 1962', Metarch Papers, No. 13 May 1999, Bureau of Meteorology

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