The Australian Meteorological Association, AMETA  Inc, is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 1969 to foster interest in, and advance the knowledge of, meteorology and related sciences.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in meteorology or oceanography  and related disciplines. Regular meetings are held to inform members and promote community understanding of meteorological and related science and services. We welcome any ideas that members or any other interested people might have on what should be included on this site - email your suggestions to webmaster@ameta.org.au. Some recent AMETA Newsletters (in PDF format) may be viewed via the following links: Subject:  'The 2015 Pinery Bushfire’ (Title to be confirmed) Speaker: (Speaker to be confirmed) When: 6:00pm, Tuesday 18th April 2017.   (Please try to arrive before the meeting start time of 6pm. The venue is a secure office building and requires an Association member to meet attendees in the ground-floor lobby and operate the lifts up to the fourth level.) Where: Level 4, Optus Building, (new location of Bureau of Meteorology, SA), NW corner South Terrace and King William Street, Adelaide. (Nearby free street parking is usually available quite close to the venue - try South Tce or King William Road, for example.) The Pinery Bushfire, which started on 25th November 2015 and burned for eight days, has been analysed in great detail by the various relevant Services. This talk will summarise the findings, with an emphassis on meteorological factors.  (To be updated) Contact:     The Secretary                    AMETA                    PO Box 421                    Kent Town SA 5071. Phone:        8366 2664 The talk at the February 2017 AMetA meeting was given jointly by Mike Leane, Power Supply Engineer, and Darren Ray, Senior Climatologist Bureau of Meteorology. Darren first described the severe storm front that passed through the Mid North on the afternoon of 18th September 2016. It appears that at least five tornados were generated in this front, resulting in extensive damage to a number of electrical transmission line towers. Mike then discussed why the SA power supply network failed to cope on this occasion, and responded to many questions raised. The AMETA citizen science team is nearing the completion of a 10 year project to salvage historical Australian weather data going back to the time of settlement. Winston Churchill is quoted as saying “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see”.  By contributing data to an international initiative to model global weather, the team has made a significant southern-hemisphere contribution to the understanding of weather going back 150 years, and this historical data is setting the background for our forward perspective on climate change analysis. HINT: You may need to click twice to change tabs if you are using an iPad. SIR CHARLES TODD BIOGRAPHY - PUBLIC BOOK LAUNCH ON 26 APRIL 2017 The first biography of the multi-talented Charles Todd has been written by Denis Cryle (Emeritus Professor, CQU), and will be launched on Wednesday 26 April 2017, from 5:15pm to 6:45pm, at the Uni SA - City West Campus, 55 North Tce, Adelaide. For more details, and to BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS, click on the following link: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sir-charles-todd-biography-book-launch-tickets-32459109069 Speakers include: the author, Emeritus Professor Denis Cryle, great grandson Barry Todd, Professor Eric Richards (Flinders University), Richard Venus (Engineers Australia) and Professor Marie Wilson (Pro Vice Chancellor Business and Law, UniSA) Meet the author Exhibits of Todd's artefacts Video presentation of his work Refreshments provided This is a free event and your friends and colleagues are welcome.