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Tony Powell New Regional Director Victoria

No. 248 March 1980, Item 3117

The appointment of Tony Powell as the new Regional Director for Victoria comes just 30 years after he began his career in the same office as a junior forecaster.

Tony, 55, graduated B.Sc. from Melbourne University in 1948, and after completing his met. training course joined the Vic. RO has a Met. Gr. 1 in the 'Weather Room'.

After a two-year stint in the H.O. Central Analysis Office and a similar period in the Adelaide RO, Tony returned to the Vic. RO in 1957. In 1966 he was back in H.O. and during the next three years worked as a member of the Research Branch Cooperative Studies Branch, the Agro and Applied Met. Section, and later in Techniques Application in the Services Division.

During this time Tony also acted for varying periods as Regional Director in the NT and ACT Regions.

In 1971 it was back to the Vic HO for a further six year term as Met. Cl. 4, followed by 18 months as the Region's Acting RD.

In 1978 Tony was appointed to the position of Superintendent Meteorologist in the Special Projects Section at H.O., which he occupied until his present appointment.

His interest in agromet led to the award of a Churchill Fellowship in 1974 and 10 months' overseas study at the Rothamsted Experimental Station in the UK and at other centres in Europe and the USA.

He has been involved in international activities of the WMO as Australia's representative on the Commission for Agricultural Meteorology, and in this role attended the Commission's 7th Session last year in Bulgaria. He also is chairman of the RA5 working group on climate based cropping systems.

In 1966 he spent six months in Christchurch, NZ, as leader of a team contributing to a worldwide study of clear air turbulence in the stratosphere. The study, known as 'Operation Hicat', was conducted by the US Air Force and the Lockheed Company to assist in the design of supersonic aircraft.

Outside his normal duties Tony has given lectures in meteorology for the Council for Adult Education and at Swinburne Technical College in Melbourne. He is also a member of the Royal Meteorological. Society and the Churchill Fellows' Association of Victoria.

With five sons whose ages range from 14 to 27, Tony says his chief recreation is as a 'professional spectator' at cricket and football matches. What time there is left he spends in his garden.

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