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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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Harry Ashton's section was also responsible for Bureau publications in the Warren post-war years. Publications had made an effective contribution to Australian meteorology from the formation of the Bureau in 1908.

Most were routine publications of climatic summaries but some Bureau publications contained meteorological discussions of scientific significance. One was the hard-cover Climate and Weather of Australia by Hunt, Taylor and Quayle (1913).

Bureau soft-cover Bulletins were published from time to time. These included those by Quayle (No 5 1910, No 10 1915), Taylor (No 8 1914, Nos 13 and 14 1916), Kidson (No 16 1923), Kidson and Camm (No 17 1925), Treloar and Newman (No 24 1938), Loewe (No 21 1940) and Gibbs (No 30 1943). There were also contributions to external publications such as the reports of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, later the Australia and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS)) for example that of Kidson in 1923.

I believe the first Bureau publication inviting contributions from Divisional and field offices was the series of TWRB produced in the meteorological section of Allied Air Headquarters, Brisbane in May 1944. The circumstances leading to the publication of this series and the content thereof are described by Gibbs (1995). The 15th and last of that series was published in April 1946, shortly before the RAAF Meteorological Service was disbanded. In April 1945 Harry Treloar began the production of the WDRB which continued until August 1951. Seventeen were issued.

Articles in the TWRB and WDRB were almost exclusively directed towards a better understanding of atmospheric processes in order to produce a more scientific basis for weather forecasting. From the viewpoint of a modern meteorologist this may appear to be short-sighted. He/she might well suggest that more effort should have been devoted to more basic scientific research.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science

People in Bright Sparcs - Ashton, Henry Tamblyn (Harry); Hunt, Henry Ambrose ; Kidson, Edward; Loewe, Fritz; Newman, Bernard William (Bernie); Quayle, Edwin Thomas; Taylor, Thomas Griffith; Treloar, Harry Mayne; 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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