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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950

Chapter 2: International Meteorology
Meetings of the IMO Technical Commissions in Toronto
The IMO Conference of Directors, Washington DC
The US Weather Bureau
Meeting of IMO Regional Association for the South-west Pacific
Meetings of the IMO International Meteorological Committee

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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Chapter 2: International Meteorology (continued)

This arrangement of overnight stopovers was normal on long pre-war overseas flights. In 1935 Qantas flights by DH86 four-engined biplanes carrying about 12 passengers took 12 to 14 days from Sydney to London. The 20 passenger Short Empire flying-boats took about seven days in 1938, the Hythe flying-boats about five days in 1946 and the 60 passenger Lockheed Constellation about four days.

The travelling time of today's 450 passenger Boeing 747 aircraft from Sydney to London is about 22 or 23 hours depending upon the direction of travel.

One advantage of flying as a passenger in the DC4 was the ability to gain a direct appreciation of the significance of meteorology in aviation. We flew through the weather rather than over it. Another advantage was that, with a relatively small number of passengers, it was possible to spend brief periods in the control cabin chatting with the aircrew. It was common practice for the captain of the aircraft to stroll along the aisle chatting with passengers.

After overnight accommodation in San Francisco travel to Vancouver was by train to Seattle and ferry to Vancouver, followed by a spectacular trip by train from Vancouver to Toronto. The journey was interrupted by an overnight stop at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies.

The journey from Melbourne to Toronto took about 10 days which, for someone whose only travel outside Australia had been to Port Moresby during the war years, was an exciting experience.

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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