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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

Chapter 4: A Year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Melbourne to Cambridge, Massachusetts
Long-range Forecasting
Synoptic Meteorology
Dynamic Meteorology I, II, III
Dynamic Meteorology IV
Physical Meteorology
Audrey Joins Me in Boston
Was it Worthwhile?

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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Dynamic Meteorology I, II, III

These lecture courses are discussed under one heading because they each deal with the same subject, but with different degrees of sophistication and emphasis.

Lectures on Dynamic Meteorology I and III were delivered by Victor Starr, those on Dynamic Meteorology II by Ed Lorenz.

Victor Starr was the archetypical university professor. Of medium height, slight in build, immaculately dressed and soft but precise in voice. He often carried an umbrella when making his entry to deliver a lecture and reminded me of the presence of an actor stepping onto the stage. His presence seemed to impress his class that he was someone of importance who should be listened to.

Starr's lectures on Dynamic Meteorology I occupy 34 pages of my notebook which I rewrote in the evening from the rough jottings made during the lectures during that day. They reveal that Starr's lectures commenced with the announcement that dynamic meteorology consists of the applications of Newtonian principles to the motion of the atmosphere. They included discussion of the Coriolis force, geostrophic, gradient, thermal and isallobaric winds, fronts, forces of the pressure gradient and friction, conservation of mass, vorticity and the circulation theorem. Many of these topics had already been included in Austin's lectures but I welcomed the opportunity to refresh the memories of the somewhat sketchy lectures on dynamic meteorology during the Bureau's training course I had attended in 1940.

Since that time my work as a meteorological professional in forecasting for the RAAF and in preparing synoptic analyses and prognoses for mean sea level and higher levels in the atmosphere had not required a routine use of these equations in dynamic meteorology. We in the RAAF Meteorological Service and the post-war Bureau had only considered such equations when trying to decide on methods of synoptic analysis and prognosis, when preparing papers to record the findings of our spare-time research or when studying the papers of English and American meteorologists in meteorological journals.

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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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