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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
Summary of Censorship of Weather Information—Australia
Censorship Summary of Censorship of Weather Information—Australia



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Appendix 4

Summary of Censorship of Weather Information—Australia

Publication of Weather Charts
Weather Notes
Daily Rain (Prohibited)

BROADCASTING: (In plain language)
Weather Notes
Temperatures (Prohibited)
Storms, etc.

Transmissions of weather reports of any type in plain language (Prohibited)

EXHIBITION: (In public places)
Of Weather Charts
Weather Notes
Forecasts (Prohibited)
Daily Rainfall Lists
Ocean Weather

The following are permitted:

Publication of total weekly rainfall up to 9am each Friday at all reporting stations. Temperatures—not less than 24 hours after time of observation. Bush Fire Warnings where risk is imminent, but not description of precise locality or period of risk. Flood Warnings where risk to life is involved.

As for Press.

Weather messages in outback areas by approved licensees and in special confidential code issued by Director of Meteorological Services; also weather reports from Lighthouses to Lighthouse Supply Vessels in similar conditions.

Summary of Censorship of Weather Information—Australia

The following emergency services are in operation:
  1. Forecasts for rural districts are telegraphed daily to local Post Offices and are available on application to the Post-Master.
  2. Forecasts and Seaward information is telegraphed daily to Port Officers of outports for information of masters of vessels.
  3. Forecasts and full necessary information is available to Government
    Departments, Civil Authorities, Public Utilities and major enterprises—
    1. in the Metropolitan Areas by Messenger Services under confidential conditions;

    2. in Country Areas by telegraph to a nominated Officer.
  4. Storm and Cyclone Warnings are telegraphed to District Naval Officers, who are responsible for necessary dissemination to Navy.

Navy, Army and Air are given complete information through associated Meteorological Units.

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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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