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Women in the Weather Bureau During World War II: LaVera Roland

Women in the Weather Bureau During World War II: LaVera Roland

By NWS Heritage Projects Editorial Staff

The following first-person account of LaVera Roland first appeared in Women in the Weather Bureau During WWII by Kaye O'Brien and Gary Grice, 1991.


Lavera Roland with her first Silver Salmon (1943)

I worked for the Weather Bureau from 1943 to 1946 at Tatoosh Island and in the Portland city office. In 1943 a vacancy occurred and I was available. (I lived on the station and therefore knew that the Weather Bureau needed a new employee.) I left the Weather Bureau in 1946, due to pregnancy.

My previous educational background included three years of college. The Weather Bureau provided on-the-job training. My first impression of the Weather Bureau was that it was a man's world I stepped into, but I was well received. Morale on station was good. I think one of my major contributions was in doing my daily assignments.

My duties included Climatology, surface and upper air observations. I worked all shifts, (eight-hour shifts), and 48 hours a week. Pay at the time was low. There were seven men and one woman at my duty station.Weather Bureau office at Tatoosh Island (1943).


Weather Service Building
at Tatoosh Island
Photograph provided by LaVerna Roland