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Table of Contents
Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962
Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950
Chapter 2: International Meteorology
Meetings of the IMO Technical Commissions in Toronto
The IMO Conference of Directors, Washington DC
The US Weather Bureau
Meeting of IMO Regional Association for the South-west Pacific
Meetings of the IMO International Meteorological Committee
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, 194245
The US Weather BureauLuckily I was not required at all the sessions and with Warren's agreement was able to visit the headquarters of the US Weather Bureau on the corner of 24th and M Streets.
Harry Wexler, head of research, worked in a large room containing a huge table containing neatly stacked piles of books and papers. This was Harry's filing system which he used with great efficiency. I was to develop a close friendship with Harry Wexler in later years. He made a magnificent contribution to international meteorology and I feel honoured to have enjoyed his friendship.
Nearby was the room containing the US Weather Bureau's analysis centre where I was privileged to sit in on their map discussions. This was well before the days when computers and computer models had advanced to the stage where they were operationally useful. All kinds of upper air chart prediction methods were being investigated with much attention being focussed on Rossby's long wave constant absolute vorticity trajectories.
The people in the team were youthful and stimulating. It was inspiring to see such enthusiasm. I was invited to attend some of their off duty parties where I found that, like our own Weather Bureau, their association often extended to out-of-hours social occasions. I also found that the fashion was for cocktails, gin and tonic, Southern Comfort and the like. And I noticed that, as was the case in Australia, conversations inevitably concerned meteorology.
My accommodation in Washington was in the Roger Smith Hotel where some of the others attending the conference were lodged. With them I would chat in the cocktail lounge where a talented musician played popular music-hall songs and jazz on a grand piano. His music and the company of my colleagues was most enjoyable.
People in Bright Sparcs - Warren, Herbert Norman
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