Pat Shingleton: "November Events and D-Day Predictions"
Early November weather events created headlines in days-gone-by. On November 10, 1975, 78 mph winds created waves that caused the 729 foot, 13,600 ton ore carrier, Edmund Fitzgerald, to break-in-half and sink in Lake Superior claiming the crew of 29. November 9, 1982 found seven tornadoes touching down in Los Angeles, CA with three of the twisters originating as waterspouts in Malibu and Long Beach. On November 10, 1998, a "land hurricane" set an all-time record for low pressure for the state of Iowa, measuring 28.54 in Estherville and Spencer. The same system cranked winds of 93 mph at La Crosse and Mackinac Island, WI. November 11, 1995 found one of the oldest trees in Alabama toppled by high winds. The storm system swept through the Kymulga Grist Park in Talladega. The 100 foot tree was six feet in diameter and between 200 and 300 years old. Church services Sunday morning will recognize veterans that have served, died, sacrificed and done their duty for our country. It is celebrated on the same day as the signing of the Armistice, ending World War I. One World War II veteran, Sverre Pettersen, championed the effort, against monumental opposition, to postpone the D-Day invasion until June 6. His forecast averted a potential disaster caused by landing in high winds and waves. The gale-force winds on June 5 died down enough to initiate the landing. There's more interesting accounts in his book, "Weathering the Storm," including rumors that the Army Air Corps' team saved the day and the British forecasters failed.
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