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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950
Warren the Man
Warren Joins the Bureau
Wartime Perceptions and Attitudes
Return to Civvy Street
People in the Bureau
Re-establishing and Reorganising the Bureau
Reorganisation of Central Office
The Position of Chief Scientific Officer
Post-War Reorganisation
The Haldane Story
Public Weather Services
The New South Wales Divisional Office
The Victorian Divisional Office
The Queensland Divisional Office
The South Australian Divisional Office
The Western Australian Divisional Office
The Tasmanian Divisional Office
Pre-war Services for Civil Aviation
Post-War Meteorological Service for Aviation
Indian Ocean Survey Flight
The Aviation Field Staff
Synoptic Analysis, Prognosis and Forecasting
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Meteorology
A Wider Scientific Horizon
Research, Development and Special Investigations
Analysts' Conference, April 1950
Instruments and Observations
Radar Winds and Radar Weather Watch
Climate and Statistics
The Universities
Achievements of the Warren Years

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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Warren Joins the Bureau (continued)

It also states that the 156 permanent staff of the pre-war Bureau, which maintained 34 stations throughout Australia, had grown to 807 personnel manning 75 stations in Australia and 23 stations overseas. (I wonder if these wartime figures include the number of WAAAF personnel and the RAAF workshop personnel under the control of Allan Cornish who were not on the strength of the RAAF Meteorological Service). The letter contains two significant paragraphs which merit direct quotation.

Paragraph 6 reads "with return to peace, this Service will be facing its third major reconstruction in seven years and, to meet the greatly increased post-war demands for efficient meteorological and climatological services, complete organisational and policy plans for the permanent service should be determined in the early future by a permanent Director. The pre-war organisation will be hopelessly inadequate for post-war conditions as the developments of the five years have been met under service conditions".

Paragraph 7 reads "in the dormant civil organisation, control was vested in a position of Director (Commonwealth Meteorologist) which has been vacant since retirement of W. S. Watt in April 1940. Control has since been vested in me as acting Director of the civil organisation and as Director of the RAAF organisation. It is highly desirable that prompt decision be reached as to the future control and that a permanent appointment be made".

Warren's letter referred to the resolutions of the committee which met in Canberra on 27 May 1940 (summarised in earlier paragraphs in this chapter) and queried the wisdom of the resolution which proposed having two Directors (scientific and administrative). Warren also queried the wisdom of the proposal for the title Director (Commonwealth Meteorologist).

His letter also asked for information regarding future intentions regarding the filling of the position of Director (Commonwealth Meteorologist) when the RAAF Meteorological Service reverted to the Bureau of Meteorology. After what was undeniably a distinguished performance as head of the RAAF Meteorological Service, Warren obviously had a desire to continue as Director of Meteorology. He indicated in his letter that if he were not likely to be considered for that position he wished to explore other avenues to build a new career.

People in Bright Sparcs - Cornish, Allan William; Warren, Herbert Norman; Watt, William Shand

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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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