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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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Services Conference

Following the successful management conference, another important initiative, the Bureau services conference was held in the conference room of the IAAC from 14 to 21 June 1961. As chairman, John Lillywhite had responsibility for planning and organising the conference. The only records readily available to me are the brief summaries in issues Nos 60 and 61 of Weather News (July and August 1961).

Item 418 in Issue No 60 of Weather News indicates there were eleven sessions in the six working days of the conference. The opening session, which set the framework for presentation of papers and discussion, was followed by papers presented on climatological services and the provision of statistical information, hydrometeorological services and flood warnings, agrometeorological services, fire weather and frost warnings, general forecasts, maritime services, warnings of storms, rough seas and tropical cyclones, and the provision of services for military and civil aviation.

Position papers, prepared by staff members of Central Office and enunciating Bureau policy, were followed by 'current practice' papers on various services presented by staff of Divisional Offices and the OIC of the meteorological office at Mascot aerodrome. Each session was characterised by vigorous discussion which was recorded and published in a report distributed to all Bureau offices. This exchange of information between those attending the conference and those in Central Office, Divisional Offices and field offices was important in demonstrating to all staff the importance Len Dwyer attached to making those serving at all of the many different offices (some in remote locations) aware of Bureau policy and procedures in the provision of meteorological services and the plans for future development.

People in Bright Sparcs - Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; Lillywhite, John Wilson

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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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