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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950

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
Leonard Joseph Dwyer—A Complex Character
Reorganising the Bureau
Public Weather Services
Forecasts for the General Public
Importance of Radio Stations
The Advent of Television
Automatic Telephone Forecast Service
Wording and Verification of Forecasts
Services for Aviation
Atomic Weapons Tests
Atomic Weapons Tests—Mosaic G1 and G2
Atomic Weapons Tests—Buffalo 1, 2, 3 and 4
Atomic Weapons Tests—Operations Antler, 2 and 3
Atomic Weapons Tests—Minor Trials
Instruments and Observations
Radar/Radio Winds and Radar Weather Watch
Automatic Weather Stations
Meteorological Satellites
Tropical Cyclones
Bureau Conference on Tropical Cyclones
International Symposium on Tropical Cyclones, Brisbane
Design of Water Storages, Etc
Flood Forecasting
Cloud Seeding
Reduction of Evaporation
Rain Seminar
Cloud Physics
Fire Weather
Research and Special Investigations
International Activities
The International Geophysical Year
The Antarctic and Southern Ocean
International Symposium on Antarctic Meteorology
International Antarctic Analysis Centre
ADP, EDP and Computers
Management Conference
Services Conference
CSIRO and the Universities
Achievements of the Dwyer Years

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 5: The Dwyer Years, 1955 to 1962 (continued)

My doubts about Len's suitability for the position of Director of Meteorology gradually disappeared as his management style became evident. He soon displayed qualities of enthusiasm, imagination, innovation and leadership. He also exhibited a fierce determination and ability to persuade the Public Service Board and the Treasury that the Bureau should have the resources needed for its proper development.

His choice of priorities was most appropriate. He realised that the Bureau needed expert advice in engineering and computing but he saw that the highest priority should be given to improving the network of meteorological observations in the southern hemisphere. At the same time he realised the necessity for a parallel development of technical and scientific expertise to develop techniques to utilise an expanded observational network.

Len was quick to detect talent and enthusiasm among staff. Although he and I did not become close friends, a mutual respect developed and we worked well together. I think this was because we shared a common belief that successful management of the Bureau required that all staff should be aware of the objectives, ideas and knowledge required for the development of the Bureau. He took pains to communicate these objectives to every member of Bureau staff at all levels (professional, sub-professional and clerical) in all of the fifty or more offices of the Bureau which were scattered widely across the vast Australian continent.

Len was fortunate in having a well-qualified and dedicated staff in the Central, Divisional and field offices, many of whom also shared these views. This chapter aims to relate the achievements of that staff under his leadership.

People in Bright Sparcs - Dwyer, Leonard Joseph

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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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