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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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With the responsibility for the refurbishment and maintenance of surface and upper air observations for a network of about 100 full-time Bureau offices and a considerable number of part-time observing stations, and the development of radar wind and extension of radiosonde networks, Bill's job was daunting. He applied himself to the task with a calm and deliberate manner, unruffled by Warren's eagerness to effect improvements in the observational network without delay.

As mentioned in my wartime reminiscences (Gibbs, 1995) the network of Australian radiosonde stations at war's end consisted of those at Adelaide/Parafield, Alice Springs, Brisbane/Amberley, Charleville, Cloncurry, Darwin, Lord Howe Island, Melbourne/Laverton, Norfolk Island, Perth/Pearce, Rathmines and Garbutt. This network of radiosondes had enabled routine upper air analysis and prognosis to be inaugurated during the war and had provided information leading to a better understanding of atmospheric processes. In 1950 the analysts' conference recommended a denser network and increased frequency of radiosonde observations. During the Warren years routine radiosonde observations commenced at Heard and Macquarie Islands in 1948, at Woomera, Hobart and Kalgoorlie in 1949 and at Port Hedland in 1950.

With limited resources and other commitments it was a major achievement for Bill Brann's section to increase the radiosonde network from 12 to 18 stations.

People in Bright Sparcs - Brann, Harold Walter Allen Neale (Bill); Stout, Reginald William (Reg); 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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