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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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Services Conference (continued)

At the first session of the conference I presented an eleven-page paper with the title 'Responsibilities of the Bureau of Meteorology for the provision of services', which explained that the Meteorology Act (1955) prescribed the Bureau's responsibility for provision of services including forecasts, warnings, publication and supply of data, supply of consultative advice and training of meteorological staff. It also quoted the Air Navigation Act (1920–1950) as empowering the Director-General of Civil Aviation to make arrangements with the Director of Meteorology to provide meteorological information necessary for the safe, economic and regular operation of aircraft.

My paper also referred to Bureau responsibilities specified in the General and Technical Regulations of the Convention of the World Meteorological Organization which contained obligations of the Australian Government for the provision of specific meteorological services. The paper made reference to decisions by Cabinet and the Minister for the Interior authorising the Bureau to provide specific meteorological, flood and bushfire warnings. Twenty-three types of customers requiring Bureau services were identified and the types of service were specified as those protecting life and property, and those important for national development, transport, industry, commerce and agriculture. Other types of service were those for international agencies, other nations and for human comfort and pleasure.

It appears that, unlike the management conference, the services conference was attended only by Bureau staff. This suggests that Len Dwyer considered it important to have a frank exchange of views between staff of the Central, Divisional and field offices on the adequacy and importance of the services provided to the general public and specialist users.

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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