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Glimpse of the RAAF Meteorological Service




Chapter 1: Growing Up

Chapter 2: Port Moresby Before Pearl Harbour

Chapter 3: Port Moresby After Pearl Harbour

Chapter 4: Allied Air Force HQ and RAAF Command, Brisbane

Chapter 5: Japan Surrenders and We Are Demobilised



Appendix 1: References

Appendix 2: Milestones

Appendix 3: Papers Published in Tropical Weather Research Bulletins

Appendix 4: Radiosonde Observations 1941–46


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Appendix 3: Papers Published in Tropical Weather Research Bulletins

No 1May1944
No 2Jul1944
No 3Aug1944
No 4Oct1944
No 5Nov1944
No 6Dec1944
No 7Feb1945
No 8Mar1945
No 9Apr1945
No 10Jun1945
No 11Aug1945
No 12Sep1945
No 13Nov1945
No 14Dec1945
No 15Apr1946


  • Allender, C. F. T. Passage of cold fronts through N W Queensland, Vol 7

  • Ashton, H. T.
    • Weather analysis in the Townsville area, Vol 4

    • Target forecasts, Vol 9

  • Bahr, V. J. Further notes on the Wam Braw over Geelvink Bay, Vol 10

  • Bath, A. T. Weather conditions in the New Guinea area—Oct '43 to Jul '44—with special reference to the Port Moresby area, Vol 3

  • Bond, H. G.
    • The Wam Braw over Geelvink Bay, Vol 6

    • The north-west season in New Guinea, Vol 14

    • The use of pressure tendencies in tropical forecasting, Vol 15

  • Brown, G. F. Some notes for weather analysis of equatorial regions, Vol 14

  • Dunn, L. S. Squalls in the tropics, Vol 13

  • Forder, D. H.
    • Movement of Cold Fronts, Vol 7

    • Isallobars in the tropics, Vol 11

  • Gardener, T. The NW Monsoon Front, Vol 5

  • Gibbs, W. J.
    • Notes on the relationship between upper wind patterns, surface pressure tendencies and their effect on the behaviour of the tropical front, Vol 1

    • Note on the frontology of northern Australia and adjacent islands, Vol 3

    • Notes on the variation of surface pressure, Vol 5

    • Motion of air in low latitudes, Vol 12

  • Grimes, A. Movement of air across the equator (reprint of article published as Malayan
    Meteorological Service, Memoir No 2 ca 1939), Vol 10

  • Hannay, A. K.
    • Fronts and frontal zones north of Australia in winter, Vol 13

    • Some notes on the intertropical boundary zone and related air streams in NW Australia in summer, Vol 14

  • Hogan, J. (1896–1970); The Wam Braw—a local wind in Geelvinck Bay, Dutch New Guinea; Vol 3

  • Hogan, J. (1912–1978); Problems associated with tropical forecasting in the Indian Ocean, Vol 15

  • Hogben, G. L. The use of c-p contours (mainly at the 500 mb level) for drawing surface synoptic charts, Vol 11

  • Holmes, R. A. E. Frontal zones from southern regions affecting weather over the N.E.I. during the SE season. Vol 2

  • Hutchings, J. W. Hydrodynamical methods in tropical forecasting, Vol 15

  • Kerr, C. and McIntyre D. G. Forecasting over the Solomon Sea, Vol 2

  • Landgren, G. L. and Leies, G. M. Pressure tendency as an aid in single station forecasting for tropical areas, Vol 11

  • McCartney, H. S. Cyclonic disturbances in the Coral Sea, March 1944, Vol 4

  • MacRae, J. N. Waves or cyclonic circulations in latitudes between 10 deg. N and 10 deg. S, Vol 6

  • Martin, G. R. Migrating thunderstorm over the Brisbane area in the early summer of 1943–44, Vol 1

  • Milthorpe, W. The use of 24 hour pressure changes and upper winds in the preparation of
    short-period forecasts for the Tadji-Wewak area
    , Vol 15

  • Miscellaneous Notes
    • Notes on discussions in N W Area, Vol 4

    • Collected notes on the weather over the New Guinea area during the doldrum period 1943–44, Vol 8

    • Collected notes on the weather over the New Guinea area during the SE season 1944, Vol 9

  • RAAF Command Research Notes
    • No 1; Relationship between upper winds and rainfall, Vol 6

    • No 2; Origin and movement of tropical cyclones, Vol 6

    • No 3; Effect of topography on weather—Borneo, Vol 9

    • No 4; Tracks of two tropical cyclones related to the general wind stream at 20,000 feet, Vol 9

    • No 5; Effect of topography on weather—Java, Vol 10

    • No 6; The prefrontal convergence zone, Vol 13

    • No 7; Non-frontal convergence zones.; Vol 14

  • Trefry, G. R. NW monsoon in relation to the Inter-tropic Front, Vol 8

  • Treloar, H. M.
    • The origin of and meteorological situation associated with the NW monsoon in Australasian longitudes, Vol 9

    • Prebaratic charts—Use of Patterson's projection method applied to a special situation, Vol 11

    • An approximate conditional near-surface wind-pressure relation in low latitudes, Vol 12

  • White, R. C. L. Further observations on isallobars and their relation to tropical weather, Vol 5

People in Bright Sparcs - Ashton, Henry Tamblyn (Harry); Bahr, Victor John; Bath, Allen Tristram; Forder, Douglas Highmoor (Doug); Hannay, Alexander Keith (Keith); Holmes, Ralph Aubrey Edward

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