||Federation and Meteorology
Table of Contents
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
Dynamic Meteorology I, II, III
Dynamic Meteorology IV
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, 194245
Dynamic Meteorology I, II, IIIThese lecture courses are discussed under one heading because they each deal with the same subject, but with different degrees of sophistication and emphasis.
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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