“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 Dwight Eisenhower, who attended daily weather briefings.
Initially, Stagg was not optimistic about the invasion and encouraged a postponement on June 4. On June 5,”tolerable” weather was expected on the Normandy Coast for the landing on June 6.