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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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International Symposium on Antarctic Meteorology

The Australian delegation to the meetings of CSAGI and SCAR in Moscow in July and August 1958 had extended invitations to other delegations to attend a symposium on Antarctic meteorology in Melbourne in February 1959. Len Dwyer was a keen supporter of the idea that the Bureau should take the initiative in organising such a symposium and with the endorsement of the Australian Academy of Science, CSAGI and SCAR, it was not too difficult for him to secure Government approval for the expenditure required. Len designated me as chairman of the Bureau group organising the symposium.

International Symposium on Antarctic Meteorology

Figure 34 Participants at the International Symposium on Antarctic Meteorology held in the building of the Royal Society Melbourne 18–25 February, 1959. Left to right front row: Hogan, Gray, Wadati, L. J. Dwyer, Miss Phillips, Van Mieghem. Zimmerman, Brann, Hopper. Second row: Loewe, Kerr, Dzerdeevski. Hannan, Karelsky, Ball, Langford, Priestley, Debenham, Arnold. Third row: Pound, Radok, Gibbs, Lamb. Fourth row: Shaw, Robin, Panwrini, Rubin, Phillpot, Langlo, MacDowell, Wilcock. Back row: Clarke, Treloar, Gabites, McRae, Wilson, Mackey, Hannay, Simmers, Thompson, Taljaard.

The efforts of a wide range of people in the Bureau's Central Office were necessary to plan the program of the symposium, arrange the accommodation and facilities, develop a schedule of social activities including an official reception and a barbecue in the Dandenong ranges and preprint a program which included abstracts in English, French and Russian of all papers to be presented. Much of this work was accomplished by Frank Hannan, Gwynne Wilson and Val Phillips, members of the Bureau's Central Office staff.

The symposium held from 18 to 25 February 1959 at the Royal Society of Victoria was attended by 70 participants, one each from Argentina, Belgium, Japan, South Africa and WMO, two from the USSR, three from France, four from New Zealand, five each from the UK and US and the balance from other nations.

Antarctic veterans included Dr F Debenham and Sir Raymond Priestley, members of the Scott Polar Expedition of 1910 to 1913, and Captain J. K. Davis and Dr B. Stilwell of Sir Douglas Mawson's Australian Antarctic Expeditions. Dr Kaare Langlo represented WMO, and Dr G. de Q. Robin, the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge.

People in Bright Sparcs - Davis, John King; Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; Mawson, Douglas; Priestley, Charles Henry Brian (Bill)

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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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