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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

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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There was considerable variation in titles of positions, offices and organisations in the period 1946–62, alternative titles often being used concurrently.
AAFAllied Air Forces (South-west Pacific)
ADPAutomatic data processing
AMFAAir-mass and frontal analysis section located in BoM Central Office (see also CAO, CAWDS, WMC)
AMMAustralian Meteorological Magazine
AMOSAustralian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
ANAREAustralian National Antarctic Research Expedition
Antarctic DivisionAdministrative title of ANARE
ANZAASAustralia-New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
AWREAtomic Weapons Research Establishment (U.K. agency which conducted atomic tests in Australia)
AWTSCAtomic Weapons Tests Safety Committee
BoMabbreviation for Bureau of Meteorology
Bureau of MeteorologyGovernment meteorological agency formed in Australia in 1908
CAOCentral analysis office of BoM
CAWDSCentral Analysis and Weather Development
Central OfficeSection Head office of the BoM located No. 2 Drummond St., Melbourne
CSAGIAcronym of French title of Special Committee for the International Geophysical Year.
CSIRCouncil for Scientific and Industrial Research
CSIROCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (evolved from CSIR)
DCADepartment of Civil Aviation
D/DDeputy Director in charge of BoM Divisional Office with responsibil-ity for the State or Territory
Divisional MeteorologistOfficer-in-Charge of a Divisional Office, later titles Deputy Director, Regional Director
Divisional OfficeOffice of BoM located in State capital cities (colloquially known as "the Bureau" or "the Weather Bureau")
EDPElectronic Data Processing
Field OfficeOffice of BoM making observations and (in some cases) preparing forecasts, mainly for aviation
IAACInternational Antarctic Analysis Centre
IAMRCInternational Antarctic Meteorological Research Centre (evolved from IAAC)
ICAOInternational Civil Aviation Organization
ICSUInternational Council of Scientific Unions
IGYInternational Geophysical Year
IMOInternational Meteorological Organization
Meteorological BranchAdministrative title for BoM
Meteorologistprofessional staff member of BoM
NRACNational Radiation Advisory Council
ObserverBoM staff member making weather observations and assisting professional staff
P.H.Permanent Head. Responsible for administration of Commonwealth government department
Punched Cardsperforated cards on which position of perforations represented numerical or other information
RAVRegional Association of IMO (later WMO) for the Southwest Pacific
R/ORegional Office of BoM (previous title Divisional Office)
SecretaryAdministrative title of P.H.
SCARSpecial Committee for Antarctic Research
SorterMachine used for sorting punched cards
TabulatorMachine used for tabulating results of operation of Sorter, etc
TWRBTropical Weather Research Bulletin
U.N.United Nations Organization
WDRBWeather Development and Research Bulletin
Weather Bureaucolloquial title of BoM or one of its Divisional Offices
Weather OfficerBoM staff member, usually responsible for preparing aviation fore-casts
WMCWorld Meteorological Centre of the WWW
WMOWorld Meteorological Organization (the UN Agency which replaced IMO)
WREWeapons Research Establishment
WWWWorld Weather Watch

Location of Bureau offices, 1946–1962

Figure 1 Location of Bureau offices during the period 1946–1962. Most stations were in operation throughout the period. Bureau offices not within area covered by map or within metropolitan areas of capitol cities are indicated in panel.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Air Mass and Frontal Analysis Section (AMFA); Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society; Central Analysis Office (CAO); International Antarctic Analysis Centre; International Antarctic Meteorological Research Centre

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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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