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RAAF Meteorological Service



Chapter 1: The Weather Factor in Warfare

Chapter 2: Establishing and Developing the RAAF Directorate of Met. Services (D.Met.S)

Chapter 3: Recruiting and Training of Personnel

Chapter 4: Meteorology in Aviation

Chapter 5: The Met. Retreating

Chapter 6: The Met. Advancing

Chapter 7: The Met With the Army and the Navy

Chapter 8: Divisional Offices of the Bureau of Meteorology During the War

Chapter 9: Research and Instrumental Development

Chapter 10: The End, Aftermath, and Beyond

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Appendix 3

Appendix 4



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Chapter 8: Divisional Offices of the Bureau of Meteorology During the War

Throughout World War II, the Divisional Offices of the Bureau of Meteorology at Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart, as well as the central office of the Bureau in Melbourne, adapted their routines and activities to the direction of the RAAF Directorate of Meteorological Services in meeting the needs of the Allied armed forces in the South-West Pacific area. At the same time, the usual work of collating climatological observations, and the preparation and restricted issue of stock and crop bulletins and wheat crop progress statements was maintained. Weekly, monthly and yearly weather reports, and monthly and yearly rainfall maps were compiled despite the loss of experienced staff to specific war activities. As well, the Bureau made numerous and valuable special services available to the armed forces.


The central office of the Bureau of Meteorology, then located in Drummond Street, Melbourne, was the headquarters of the RAAF Directorate of Meteorological Services and the key centre of Australian meteorological services in general. All administrative functions, including the posting, transfer and promotion of personnel were carried out there through normal RAAF procedures. Specialised training of Meteorological Officers, Meteorological Assistants and Meteorological Charters was conducted there. All activities and operations of the meteorological service were co-ordinated in Melbourne under the control of Group-Captain Warren and his staff.

Research and development and installation and maintenance of instruments and field equipment were supervised by central Bureau personnel. Information for the military services was passed twice daily to the war room in Melbourne, and coded forecasts and weather situation statements were broadcast to military bases.

People in Bright Sparcs - Warren, Herbert Norman

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Joyce, J. 1993 'The Story of the RAAF Meteorological Service', Metarch Papers, No. 5 October 1993, Bureau of Meteorology

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