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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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The responsibility for Bureau publications continued to be exercised by OIC Training and one of the principal responsibilities was for publication of the WDRB which Harry Treloar had started in 1945. As mentioned under the training heading in Chapter 1 three issues of the WDRB in 1949 contained loose leaf notes on the social activities of Bureau personnel which appear to have been confined to that period. I do not know the reason for the short life of these social notes but they seem to have been entertaining if at times somewhat racy. The editor may have been influenced by Warren's preface in issue No 1 which emphasised the aim to include notes on research and techniques of analysis and forecasting in the WDRB. Features which continued to be included were notes on the discussions in the monthly Bureau-CSIRO-University of Melbourne joint colloquia and the weekly CAWDS afternoon discussions.

The last three issues of WDRB, Nos 15, 16 and 17, appeared in June and December 1950 and August 1951. They contained articles by Brann, Garriock, Gotley, Griffiths, Kell and Tyler, Langford, Lillywhite (2), O'Mahony, Newman, and Mitchell from the Bureau, and Albrecht, Loewe, Radok and Radok and Grant from the Meteorological Section of the University of Melbourne. These articles in WDRB were mainly concerned with synoptic analysis and forecasting but one by Radok described a lee-wave disturbance near Melbourne, and another by Radok and Grant discussed a technique for cross-section analysis.

A new series of publications began with the issue of the AMM in July 1952. The unsigned foreword announced that, as advised in the previous issue of WDRB (No 17, August 1951), in future the WDRB "would be produced at yearly intervals . . . with an improved standard of printing in keeping with the technical nature of its contents". The AMM foreword also announced that the new publication would be a "real magazine, encouraging the exchange of views on all matters, both technical and personal, affecting members of the (Meteorological) Branch". AMM No 1 contained an article by W. J. Gibbs on techniques for reduction of pressure readings to mean sea level. The author of a recent article in AMM (Seaman, 1997) compares my proposal with other later methods and suggests that it had some merit.

Other articles in AMM No 1 were by Mizon (frost forecasting), Clarke (effect of the tropopause on thickness patterns) and Lloyd (movement of depressions). AMM No 1 also contained notes on the meetings of joint colloquia, CAWDS discussion groups and social news of Bureau activities.

The Scottish poet Robert Burns said that "the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley". I was absent at MIT when the decisions on the WDRB and AMM were made. I think that on my return in 1952 I influenced Timcke not to proceed with the decision to publish an upgraded WDRB at yearly intervals. My view would have been to continue with the AMM as proposed and to publish any outstanding contributions in the Bureau's Bulletin series or seek publication in overseas journals.

The AMM began as a mixture of scientific articles, reports of colloquia and discussion groups and some rather racy social notes. By the time of E. W. Timcke's retirement in April 1955 eight issues of AMM had been published with 30 scientific articles of good quality, reports of the monthly colloquia and weekly discussion groups and notes on social activities and staff movements.

During this period issues of the AMM were reproduced using wax stencils, which were also used for the reproduction of diagrams and the cardboard cover. The quality of reproduction was primitive but the standard of the papers submitted by Bureau staff, and by Uwe Radok and other university and CSIRO people, was good.

People in Bright Sparcs - Brann, Harold Walter Allen Neale (Bill); Lillywhite, John Wilson; Lloyd, Stephen Henry (Steve); Loewe, Fritz; Newman, Bernard William (Bernie); O'Mahony, Gerard (Gerry); Timcke, Edward Waldemar; 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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