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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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Cloud Physics (continued)

The rain seminar was followed about a year later by an international conference on cloud physics with proceedings in Canberra and Sydney from 11 to 20 September 1961. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Australian Academy of Science and CSIRO under the auspices of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (UGGI). The Bureau was represented by Bond, Brunt, Dwyer, Gibbs, Mizon, O'Mahony, Rainbird and Spillane. Among papers presented were those by O'Mahony, Rainbird and Spillane and Yamaguchi. The involvement of Bureau staff in such proceedings had many benefits. The association with fellows of the Academy of Science and research workers from CSIRO widened their meteorological perspectives and stimulated their interest in the field of research. Perhaps there was a reciprocal advantage for the academicians and researchers in gaining an appreciation of the breadth of knowledge required by the practitioners.

A most interesting supplement to Weather News No 64 of November 1961, contains the remarks of Lord Casey in opening the cloud physics conference in the Academy of Science building in Canberra on 11 September 1961.

Lord Casey remarked "here in Australia, the driest of the continents, the possibility of artificially induced rainfall has intrigued us for some time. A lot of people in all parts of the world have cynically regarded it as something like the medieval alchemists' efforts to turn base metal into gold. By reason of unfortunate beginnings it has tended to become discredited. In Australia we have not accepted this situation with equanimity, as the potential importance of being able to increase the rainfall even to a small extent in certain areas is of great consequence to us as a nation".

I am in complete agreement with Lord Casey's remarks on cloud seeding, particularly if cloud seeding experiments are carefully designed and if evaluation of the results is carried out by a group independent of those who seed the clouds.

Lord Casey's address also emphasised his intense interest in the meteorological satellite Tiros 1 and the meteorology of the Antarctic.

People in Bright Sparcs - Bond, Harold George; Brunt, Allan Thomas; Casey, Richard Gardiner; Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; O'Mahony, Gerard (Gerry); Spillane, Kevin Thomas

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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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