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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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The IMO Conference of Directors, Washington DC (continued)

There were many social occasions associated with the Conference of Directors. At weekends we were taken on bus tours to the US States which surrounded the limited area of Washington DC. After 50 years I still have a crystal clear memory of the two metre tall Dutchman, Bleeker, regaling our bus-load with his song "Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do; I'm half crazy all for the love of you" which he sang to Madame Gudmundson, the Director of the Meteorological Service of Iceland. We were taken to Mt Vernon and other historic locations where we became better acquainted with the early history of the US.

One memorable reception was given by the Department of State with President Truman in attendance. He moved from group to group engaging us in relaxed light-hearted conversation. It was difficult to imagine that this small unpretentious man had had the awesome responsibility of authorising the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Another notable reception was the cocktail party which accompanied the exhibition of meteorological instruments at which the Bendix-Friez company supplied drinks and snacks. Apart from the exhibits the main feature was a large fountain from which champagne spouted.

Although the Americans were light hearted and easy-going their national pride was evident. This love of country was reflected in the tasteful and elegant buildings in the streets of Washington such as The Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the White House.

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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