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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

Chapter 5: The Dwyer Years, 1955 to 1962
Leonard Joseph Dwyer—A Complex Character
Reorganising the Bureau
Public Weather Services
Forecasts for the General Public
Importance of Radio Stations
The Advent of Television
Automatic Telephone Forecast Service
Wording and Verification of Forecasts
Services for Aviation
Atomic Weapons Tests
Atomic Weapons Tests—Mosaic G1 and G2
Atomic Weapons Tests—Buffalo 1, 2, 3 and 4
Atomic Weapons Tests—Operations Antler, 2 and 3
Atomic Weapons Tests—Minor Trials
Instruments and Observations
Radar/Radio Winds and Radar Weather Watch
Automatic Weather Stations
Meteorological Satellites
Tropical Cyclones
Bureau Conference on Tropical Cyclones
International Symposium on Tropical Cyclones, Brisbane
Design of Water Storages, Etc
Flood Forecasting
Cloud Seeding
Reduction of Evaporation
Rain Seminar
Cloud Physics
Fire Weather
Research and Special Investigations
International Activities
The International Geophysical Year
The Antarctic and Southern Ocean
International Symposium on Antarctic Meteorology
International Antarctic Analysis Centre
ADP, EDP and Computers
Management Conference
Services Conference
CSIRO and the Universities
Achievements of the Dwyer Years

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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Forecasts for the General Public (continued)

It will be evident that the skill of Divisional Office forecasters was of crucial importance and Len Dwyer was fortunate to have experienced and highly capable Deputy Directors and senior analysts in his Divisional Offices.

The Deputy Directors in charge of Divisional Offices were principally responsible for the quality of the Bureau's weather forecasts and warnings. Central Office staff played an important role in improving observational networks and telecommunications, disseminating advice on analysis and prognostic charts and circulating notes and publications on recent advances in theoretical meteorology, but the Deputy Directors had the direct real-time responsibility for the timeliness, relevance and quality of forecasts and warnings.

George Mackey in Western Australia and 'Doc' Hogan (1912–1978) in South Australia were well experienced both as meteorologists and administrators.

George had joined the Bureau in 1927, served with distinction in the RAAF Meteorological Service and served as Deputy Director (Regional Director) WA from 1949 to 1971. He had the distinction of being the only Bureau employee who at the time of his retirement in 1971 had served under all six Commonwealth Meteorologists (Directors of Meteorology). Those wishing to have a fuller account of George's career should see item 2059 in the March 1971 issue of the Bureau's house journal Weather News.

'Doc' Hogan (1912–1978) was similarly qualified, joining the Bureau in 1937, having a distinguished record in the RAAF Meteorological Service and having occupied the position of Deputy Director (Regional Director) from 1953 until his retirement in 1972. 'Doc' was a man of tremendous energy who became totally absorbed in any activity which interested him whether it be his meteorological career, his sporting activities of football, golf and lawn bowls or his fascination with wine.

The other Divisional Offices had different occupants of the position of Deputy Director in the Dwyer years. In Victoria John Lillywhite was Deputy Director until 1958 with Keith Hannay succeeding him in 1959 and continuing in that position until his retirement in 1976.

People in Bright Sparcs - Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; Hannay, Alexander Keith (Keith); Hogan, John (Doc); Lillywhite, John Wilson; Mackey, George William; 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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