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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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Research and Special Investigations (continued)

Issues of the AMM during the Dwyer years also contain summaries of talks by Bureau staff to the monthly Bureau-CSIRO-University of Melbourne joint colloquia, including those by Body, Brann, Clarke, Goodman, Gibbs, Handcock, Karelsky, O'Mahony, Phillpot, Rutherford, Shaw, Treloar and Wilson, many of which discussed the results of research and special investigations.

These issues of the AMM also summarised contributions by Ashton, Karelsky, Kell, McRae, to the regular Friday afternoon Analysis Section discussion groups and the papers read by Bond, Brunt, Foley, Gibbs, McRae, Mizon and Whittingham at meetings of ANZAAS in Sydney, Melbourne, Dunedin (NZ), Perth and Brisbane.

It is interesting to note that the names of authors of papers in the AMM or those reported as contributing to the joint colloquia or the meetings of ANZAAS include luminaries from CSIRO, universities and other authorities such as Ball, Berson, Bowen, Deacon, Forster, Gabites, Gentilli, Haigh, Hutchins, Jaeger, Jennsen, Jones, Kraus, Law, Loewe, MacArthur, Mansfield, Moran, Munro, Priestley, Radok, Rayner, Swinbank and Thornthwaite. Many of these names will not be familiar to younger readers. They include those of eminent Australian and overseas academics of the Dwyer years. The joint colloquia and the ANZAAS meetings in which the Bureau participated provided the opportunity for discussion with a broad range of well-informed scientists distinguished in their fields.

The Bureau had provided the initiative and facilities for the regular joint colloquia of members of the CSIRO, the University of Melbourne and the Bureau at which papers were presented by members of those institutions and other organisations.

In addition to Len Dwyer's focus on the fields of tropical cyclones, hydrometeorology and fire weather and his preoccupation with meteorological services for atomic weapons tests he formed a Cooperative Studies Group headed by Harry Ashton in which Colin Hounam specialised in agricultural meteorology. Len also was fully supportive of the Central Analysis Office. As we shall see in later paragraphs, he had visions of the development of NWP and arranged for Gerry O'Mahony and other Bureau staff making overseas visits to observe the progress being made in the US, UK and Europe in this field.

As was the case after I succeeded Len Dwyer as Director of Meteorology I found the administrative and supervisory duties associated with the positions of Supervising Meteorologist (Research) and Assistant Director (Research and Development) did not satisfy my desire to be actively involved in personal research in meteorology. During the Dwyer years I made time to carry out individual research (much in my private off-duty hours) which saw the publication of 22 papers most of which were of scientific significance.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Central Analysis Office (CAO)

People in Bright Sparcs - Ashton, Henry Tamblyn (Harry); Bond, Harold George; Bowen, Edward George (Taffy); Brann, Harold Walter Allen Neale (Bill); Brunt, Allan Thomas; Clarke, Reginald Henry; Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; Foley, James Charles; Handcock, Don; Loewe, Fritz; McRae, John Neil; O'Mahony, Gerard (Gerry); Phillpot, Henry Robert; Priestley, Charles Henry Brian (Bill); Shaw, Peter; Swinbank, William Christopher Swinbank, William Christopher; Treloar, Harry Mayne; Whittingham, Herbert E. (Herb)

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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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