The Weather Watchers

The Weather Watchers

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Australia's capricious climate has tested its inhabitants for centuries. For a colony of farmers, knowing what the weather might bring was a matter of great moment. But the small band of colonial meteorologists were hampered until telegrapher observations suddenly gave them the means to make rough predictions about the coming weather.The founding of the Bureau of Meteorology in 1907 brought a new rigour to the work of meteorologists. Yet it remained a Cinderella organisation until the advent of regular air services in the 1930s doubled its size and boosted the scope of its operations. The Bureau more than doubled again when it became a vital part of the nation's defence effort in the Second World War.Despite the important roles it played, the limits of the science, rudimentary technology and budgetary restrictions combined to make the Bureau a regular object of derision. That gradually changed as the introduction of the radar, satellites and computers, and the growing understanding of meteorological science, allowed the Bureau to make confident weather predictions several days in advance and even of the climate for coming seasons.Today, the Bureau of Meteorology operates the mostshow more

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  • Hardback | 500 pages
  • 179 x 252 x 44mm | 1,690g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • 0522852750
  • 9780522852752

About David Day

David Day is a graduate of Melbourne and Cambridge Universities. After completing a thesis on Anglo-Australian relations in the Second World War, he went on to become a Junior Research Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, before being appointed Associate Professor at Bond University in Queensland. In 1993, he was appointed Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin before later taking up a Senior Research Fellowship at La Trobe University in Melbourne. He has twice served as Professor of Australian Studies at the University of Tokyo, and been an Archives By-Fellow at Clare College Cambridge and is a visiting professor at the University of Aberdeen. He currently lives in Melbourne. His many books include best-selling histories of the Second World War, biographies of Australian prime ministers, and a study of Winston Churchill and Robert Menzies that has been made into a television documentary. He has also written a highly-praised history of Australia, Claiming a Continent, which has gone into several editions over the past ten years. His books have won or been short-listed for several literary prizes, with Claiming a Continent winning the prestigioushow more

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