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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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Analysts' Conference, April 1950 (continued)

The following is a list of the pre-printed papers presented to the conference:
Functions of Central Analysis SectionJ. W. Lillywhite
DefinitionsH. R. Phillpot
Tropical analysisA. J. Shields
Frontal analysisJ. Hogan (1912–1978)
Southern Ocean analysisP. T. Dale
Preparation of upper air analysisA. K. Hannay
Upper air prognosisJ. R. McConnell
Interpretation of upper air analysisH. T. Ashton
Forecasting terminologyE. A. Mizon
Forecast verificationR. H. Clarke
Forecasting terminologyJ. Johnston
Extended period forecastingJ. N. McRae
Aviation forecastingJ. H. Nance

It is interesting to note the Bureau offices from which those responsible for preparing and presenting papers came. Meteorologists from the Central Analysis Section were John Lillywhite, Henry Phillpot, Reg Clarke and Neil McRae. Meteorologists from Divisional Offices were Arch Shields (Brisbane), 'Doc' Hogan (Perth), Percy Dale (Hobart), Keith Hannay (Sydney), Errol Mizon (Adelaide) and Jack Johnston (Melbourne). Meteorologist Harry Ashton was in charge of the Training School and Publications Section. Weather officers Jack McConnell and Jack Nance were respectively in charge of field offices at Mascot and Essendon aerodromes.

Thus the majority of those presenting papers were meteorologists from the second forecasters' course of 1937 or from the forecasters' course of 1940, five from Central Office and six from Divisional Offices. Significantly, weather officers Jack Nance and Bob McConnell had the responsibility of presenting papers on aviation forecasting. Although less-qualified academically their practical experience and direct contact with aircraft pilots made their contributions particularly valuable.

Others who participated in the proceedings of the conference (some full time and others by invitation) were weather officers Fred Bell (Area Meteorological Officer, Townsville) and Pat Ryan (formerly OIC Darwin field office); and from Central Office H. E. (Tommy) Camm (Melbourne Deputy Director, Forecasting), B. W. (Barney) Newman (Supervising Meteorologist, Climatology), Aub Gotley (Research Section), Ralph Holmes (Inspector (Aviation)), J. V. Maher (Research Section) and Charlie James (Training Section). Most had served as forecasters in the RAAF Meteorological Service with considerable experience in synoptic analysis, prognosis and forecasting. Their participation in conference discussions were particularly valuable.

People in Bright Sparcs - Ashton, Henry Tamblyn (Harry); Bell, Fred; Clarke, Reginald Henry; Hannay, Alexander Keith (Keith); Hogan, John (Doc); Holmes, Ralph Aubrey Edward; Johnston, John (Jack); Maher, John Vincent (Jack); McRae, John Neil; Newman, Bernard William (Bernie); Phillpot, Henry Robert; Ryan, Patrick (Pat); Shields, Archibald John; 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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