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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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Achievements of the Dwyer Years (continued)

Weather News of 1 June 1962 contains a four-page tribute to his life and work, emphasising the significance of his contribution to meteorology both in Australia and internationally. The item also mentions the many tributes received in letters and telegrams from many people in Australia and overseas.

It quotes from two of the messages received. The first, from Dr P. D. McTaggart-Cowan, Director of the Canadian Meteorological Service, includes the following "Len was one I admired very much as a man, as a meteorologist and as a director of a large meteorological service . . . He had an admirable degree of courage of his convictions, the forthrightness to state his views simply and directly and yet a sympathy and understanding of others . . . The WMO Executive Committee has lost one of its most effective leaders of thought and action".

The other quotation was from a letter written to the OIC of the Lae meteorological office by Mr Vai H. Gamu, an observer at Mendi in the Southern Highlands of what is now Papua New Guinea. It included "it is with regret that I hear the news of the death of Director of Meteorology, Mr L. J. Dwyer . . . as a weather observer I find it is necessary for me to send to his good wife and family my personal sympathy . . . Immediately after this news was received I called for my family of four for a simple short prayer in his honour".

People in Bright Sparcs - Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; Warren, Herbert Norman

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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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