AMETA (the Australian Meteorological Association Inc) was established in 1969 under the direction of John ‘Doc’ Hogan, the then Regional Director of the Bureau of Meteorology. One of its primary purposes was to open up communication between the Bureau of Meteorology, and people in the community who used weather services or had an interest in meteorology. Meetings and publications served as a means of making members aware of advancements in meteorological understanding and how these advances impacted on local services. More than 200 people attended the first meeting and a committee of influential South Australian leaders, steered AMETA through those early years. Today AMETA is still strongly supported by the Bureau of Meteorology, both with respect to its bimonthly meetings and its volunteer projects.