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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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Achievements of the Warren Years

In 1938 H. N. Warren began the task of preparing the Bureau for transformation to the RAAF Meteorological Service, which after its formation in April 1941 played a significant role in providing meteorological service for the RAAF and other armed services during the war in the South-west Pacific area.

Group Captain Warren controlled the destiny of the RAAF Meteorological Service during the war. In a letter of 21 August 1945 to the Secretary, Department of Air, with a copy to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior (copy of which I hold) he wrote of the RAAF Meteorological Service saying "with its transfer to the Department of Air in 1940 its major objective has been the development of efficient operational services for RAAF, Army and Navy and for Allied forces in this and adjoining theatres. Concurrently with this objective, services to the civil population have been increased and improved. Research, laboratory and workshop facilities have been enlarged and developed and modern radiosonde and radar wind techniques have been introduced. The personnel expansion to meet the heavy operational requirement has been effected by enlistment of 'duration' officers and airmen trained for their war tasks by the Directorate training organisation. From its pre-war total of 156 permanent personnel manning 34 stations in the continental area, the service now includes 807 personnel manning 75 stations in the continental area and 23 operational bases in the areas of active operations. It early provided services from Malaya through the NEI and Solomons to Noumea and its activities have again extended as the forces have advanced in the South-west Pacific area".

The Training School of the RAAF Meteorological Service in Melbourne was a major achievement. The Instrument Section under Allan Cornish also achieved a great deal, developing a system of soundings of the upper air by radiosonde, a system of generating hydrogen for inflating the balloons which carried the radiosondes aloft and cooperating with a local Australian company in the manufacture of balloons for this purpose. During the war a network of some 14 radiosonde stations was established at which ground equipment was installed to receive the transmissions of the balloon borne radiosondes.

People in Bright Sparcs - Cornish, Allan 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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