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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950

Chapter 2: International Meteorology

Chapter 3: The Timcke Years, 1950 to 1955
A Period of Consolidation
Aviation Services
Services for the General Public
Rockets and Atomic Weapons
Instruments and Observations
Climate and Statistics
International Activities
Central Analysis and Development
The Universities
The Meteorology Act
Achievements of the Timcke Years

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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Instruments and Observations

Chapter 1 summarised the story of the development of the Bureau's Instruments Section to the time of Warren's death in 1950 based on the accounts of Cornish (1996), Stout (1996) and Cassidy (1994), and unpublished notes by Brann and Handcock.

Timcke inherited Warren's plans for the extension of the meteorological network of surface and upper air observations. Some progress had been made in their implementation, but much remained to be done. Much credit is owed to Bill Brann, Supervising Meteorologist (Instruments), who with the help of Geoff Goodman and Reg Stout, was able to accomplish a remarkable improvement in the surface and upper air observational network in the Timcke years from 1950 to 1955.

The strain on Timcke and Brann was considerable as the Commonwealth Government had embarked on a policy of restricting Public Service manpower and expenditure in order to balance the Federal budget. This meant that it was difficult to find the finance to pay the salaries of the additional staff required for the extension of the observing network and to purchase the equipment required.

A hidden requirement was the support from the Bureau in providing meteorological service for the British top secret tests of atomic weapons at the Monte Bello Islands and Emu Field described earlier. The quality of the service provided by the Bureau for these tests depended heavily on the network of observations on which special forecasts could be based and there was an urgent need for this network to be improved. But Timcke was restrained in communicating these needs to the Public Service Board and the Department of Treasury because of the top secret security of the operations.

The network of surface observations and the communications to bring them to Bureau offices were upgraded. Also, at the time of Warren's death there were 18 radiosonde stations;
at Adelaide (Parafield), Alice Springs, Brisbane (Amberley), Charleville, Cloncurry, Darwin, Heard Island, Hobart, Kalgoorlie, Lord Howe Island, Macquarie Island, Melbourne (Laverton), Norfolk Island, Perth (Pearce), Port Hedland, Newcastle (Rathmines), Garbutt and Woomera.

People in Bright Sparcs - Brann, Harold Walter Allen Neale (Bill); Cornish, Allan William; Handcock, Don; Stout, Reginald William (Reg); Timcke, Edward Waldemar; 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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