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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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The Aviation Field Staff

Those field staff who had served in the RAAF Meteorological Service were well equipped to provide service for civil aviation. Those with secondary education, training in the Bureau's Training School and wartime service with the RAAF were able to provide a useful service. Their main responsibility was to warn of deteriorating visibility or lowering cloud overcast at their base aerodrome, in addition to providing forecasts of winds at flying level. Forecasting fog risk was an exceptionally difficult task in those days.

Forecasters in field offices were required to serve at any location designated by the Bureau. Col Glendinning (1996) describes the typical frequent changes of location he experienced. Most staff were aware that this frequent change of location was a condition of their employment and accepted the situation. Many enjoyed seeing and living in different parts of the country. Sometimes the inconvenience of transferring children to differing systems of education, with wives having to cope with unfamiliar housing and different environments, were sources of irritation.

In 1934 in Darwin, W. A. (Walter) Dwyer was the first person to be located at a field office. He was a most colourful character, given to the use of Latin tags, ipso facto, mutatis mutandis, ultra vires, etc, and the possessor of prestigious motor cars such as Stutz and Rolls Royce, much envied by those of us not affluent enough to own even a more mundane motor vehicle. In 1948, following H. N. Warren's promotion of Walter to the position of Divisional Meteorologist in charge of the Divisional Office in Perth, arrangements were made for the transfer of Walter's family and personal effects to Perth. Much to the consternation of Warren and Walter, an appeal by George Mackey against Walter's promotion was successful. Walter survived the inconvenience, expense and humiliation of these events without loss of dignity and his acceptance of this reversal of fortune was generally admired. He was a dedicated meteorologist destined to make his mark in World Meteorological Organization (WMO) international cooperation in the provision of meteorological service to aviation.

People in Bright Sparcs - Dwyer, Walter Anthony; Glendinning, Colin (Col); Mackey, George William; Warren, Herbert Norman

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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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