Pat Shingleton: "Ike Said, Let's Go!"
Friday's column identified weather predictions for Operation Overlord in 1944. On May 31, 1944, a series of low pressure systems from Nova Scotia to Scotland displayed characteristics of a possible hurricane. The persistent Azores high could deflect the storms. With too much cloud cover, advance bombers would be useless; too much wind and the landing craft couldn't function. Dr. J.M. Stagg, Operational Meteorologist, coordinated all forecasts, producing a consensus that met the approval of General Eisenhower who attended daily weather briefings. Initially, Stagg was not optimistic about the invasion and encouraged a postponement on June 4th. On June 5th,"tolerable" weather was expected on the Normandy Coast for the landing on June 6th.