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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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Was it Worthwhile?

There were advantages and disadvantages in spending a year in the US. The advantages lay mainly with my opportunity to gain further knowledge in meteorology and to gain recognition by the award of the M.Sc. degree. I was asked whether I could spend another year at MIT to work for a Ph.D. but responded that family responsibility and Bureau commitments made that impossible.

The Fellowship also provided the opportunity to visit meteorological institutions in Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles and Corvallis. In Washington I was able to renew contacts with Weather Bureau meteorologists I had made during the Conference of Directors in 1947. In Chicago, although our visit was during the university recess, I was able to see Dave Fultz's rotating dish pan. In Los Angeles I had long discussions with Clarrie Palmer and met Jack Bjerknes. In Corvallis John Day and I resumed the fruitful discussions we had had in Brisbane during the war.

The major disadvantage was the separation from Audrey and our family for an extended period.

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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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