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"Stagg's Predictions"

3 years 3 months 3 weeks ago June 07, 2013 Jun 7, 2013 Friday, June 07 2013 June 07, 2013 2:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Continuing our column from Thursday and 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 however with too much cloud cover, the advance bombers would be useless; too much wind and the landing craft couldn't function. Dr. J.M. Stagg , Operational Meteorologist, coordinated all forecasts to produce a consensus that met the approval of General Eisenhower who attended the daily weather briefings. Initially, Stagg was not optimistic about the invasion and encouraged a postponement to the Supreme Commander on June 4. On June 5, he predicted that "tolerable" weather was expected on the Normandy Coast for the landing on June 6.

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