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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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Hydrometeorology (continued)

Allan could see that the Bureau would need to develop more sophisticated flood forecasting methods and he studied part of the lecture course in hydrology being given by the University of New South Wales. Jack Wiesner, a former meteorologist of the Sydney Divisional Office, was employed with this department of the University.

Allan recalls that there were conflicting views regarding the invasion by the Bureau into what some engineers and others thought should remain the responsibility of the States, or become the responsibility of the Commonwealth Department of National Development, which was to sponsor the creation of the State/Commonwealth Water Resources Council in 1963.

Another welcome addition to the Hydrometeorological Section occurred in January 1959 when an engineer/hydrologist D. N. (Neil) Body joined the Bureau. Neil has also generously responded to my request for memories of his time in the Bureau.

Gerry O'Mahony was still on leave at ANU when Neil joined the Bureau, Col Hounam being temporarily in charge of the Section. Neil recalls that the Bureau was "a marvellous place to work". He attributes the "very tight and open work environment" which made working with us so enjoyable to the fact that many of us had developed strong bonds of friendship in the RAAF Meteorological Service. Neil's reaction is similar to many others I have mentioned in which new recruits to the Bureau were impressed with the very special 'non public service' atmosphere which made the Bureau such an attractive workplace.

Neil says he had another very considerable advantage. He says "no one was quite sure what I was supposed to do and I was left to develop my own approaches and implement their application to the problems presented".

People in Bright Sparcs - Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; O'Mahony, Gerard (Gerry)

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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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