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Personal Notes
Mr. B. W. Newman, Deputy Director, Sydney
Mr. G. W. Mackey—Deputy Director, Perth
Mr. J. Johnston—Deputy Director, Hobart
Mr. A. J. Shields—Deputy Director, Brisbane
Mr. B. J. Retallack—Supervising Meteorologist, Training
Mr. J. Hogan—Deputy Director, Adelaide
Mr. F. Bell—Officer-in-Charge, Darwin
Mr. P. Ryan—Officer-in-Charge, Darwin
Bureau Profile #1
Dr. Kevin Spillane: The Quality of Tenacity
Taking the World View [John Zillman]
Fred Bell, the Pilot's Friend
Mildura's Harry Storer
Computers—New ADC [Ross Maine]
H. G. Bond
The Sky is the Limit [Bettye Macnicol / Jenny Hopwood]
Hobart Weather Birds [Judy Morris / Felicity James]
Professional Officers' Association Award to Henry [Phillpot]
New Assistant Director Facilities is Keith Henderson
Tasmania's New Regional Director [Ted Phillips]
New Head for ANMRC [Doug Gauntlett]
Tony Powell New Regional Director Victoria
Lynn Mitchell Takes Over the Reins in SA RO Fillerup!
Pat Sullivan New Regional Director, NSW
Bettye Dixon Heads Canberra Liaison Section
Dr Michael Manton Chief of BMRC
Graeme Furler, Regional Director South Australia
Ian Mason, Regional Director ACT
Regional Director Queensland [Rex Falls]
Don Linforth, STPM
Bob Brook, Asst Director (Observations)
Jim Arthur, Regional Director, Northern Territory
Neil Streten Appointed Deputy Director (Services)
Bill Downey, Assistant Director (Executive)
Antarctic Medal Winners
Agrometeorology's Leading Lady [Gloria Bedson]
Ken Wilson—Focus on the 'Big Picture'
Sue Barrell's 'Balancing Act'
Dr Geoff Love Appointed Deputy Director (Services)
Serendipity at 33,000ft: A Win for Metrology—Bruce Forgan's WMO Vaisala Award
Pressure's On for New NCC Head [Mary Voice]
Bob Leighton Wins AMOS Honor for Climate Studies



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No. 304 August 1993 (continued)

Gloria was born in Brisbane and studied at Salisbury HS before taking a Science degree at Queensland University (majoring in maths) and completing the training course in meteorology. She started work at VRO where she spent most of the next 12 years as a forecaster. Early in her career she worked briefly in the Canberra and Sydney offices. She also completed a BA at Monash, majoring in Spanish—a skill the Bureau calls on for occasional translations.

In 1976 Gloria transferred to the Special Services section of VRO, working on the fire weather service; hydrological activities including flood forecasting and warning, flood event case studies and Probable Maximum Precipitation studies; severe storms and applied research, and the sheep weather alert service to graziers. In 1989 she moved to Head Office Services Policy Branch.

Her outside interests include church activities, tennis and the piano. The Bedsons have two daughters.

Does she have any advice for people on the land? 'Weather information is now more than ever tailored to the demands of farmers. We are conscious of the need to provide an efficient, specialised service. Each year we issue almost 4000 specialised forecasts for agricultural interests, complemented by hundreds of warnings to agriculture, from sheep weather alerts to brown rot warnings for fruitgrowers.

We offer products and communication systems unimaginable when I started in meteorology . . . services like the seasonal outlooks based on global understanding of the El Nino phenomenon, dial-up faxes to bring weather information to the farm, computer packages for weather-related farm management tasks. We invite farmers to call their nearest Bureau office to check the latest services.'

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