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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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Climate and Statistics (continued)

The Climate Section had a succession of statisticians who were seconded from Departments in Canberra to assist with data processing and statistical analysis.

As early as colonial times it was realised that a knowledge of climate was important for planning pastoral and agricultural ventures and for the general development of the nation. After federation a series of Commonwealth Year Books were printed, the first chapter of which contained a survey of Australia's weather and climate prepared in the Climate Section. The Bureau also published climatic summaries which were widely used by Government and other agencies in planning regional and national development schemes. In the post-war Warren years, 1946 to 1950, climate committees were established in each capital city, with members from various State Government Departments and from some university faculties such as agriculture, which recommended study of the impact of climate on various activities.

In addition to the Central Office, each Divisional Office had a Climate Section which carried out special investigations of the impact of climate on activities in a wide range of endeavours. These special investigations included subjects such as frequencies of direction and strength of surface winds for planning construction of aerodrome runways, investigation of maximum wind gusts for the design of buildings, maximum temperature of railway lines for designs to avoid buckling on days of high solar radiation, and maximum possible rainfall for the design of water storages.

Those involved in such studies included Allan Brunt and Herbert Whittingham in Brisbane, Col Hounam in Perth and Melbourne, Jack Wiesner in Sydney and Bruce Mason in Adelaide. Their work involved a knowledge of both the scientific aspects of the meteorological impacts and a knowledge of factors involved in the projects being planned. The scientific skills required for their work were considerable.

Before the advent of the Central Office Instrument Section, the Climate Section was responsible for the issue of instruments, the choice of location of new part-time observers and the selection of rainfall reporting stations.

One of the notable post-war acquisitions of the Central Office Climate and Statistical Section was Des Halsted, a brilliant young man who, in the few years he spent with the Bureau, made a remarkable contribution to the storage, processing and analysis of the Bureau's bank of observational data.

People in Bright Sparcs - Brunt, Allan Thomas; Warren, Herbert Norman; Whittingham, Herbert E. (Herb)

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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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