Weather has played an important role in many military operations
throughout history. The timing of the D-Day invasion was heavily influenced by
weather forecasts and conditions.
In fact, President Eisenhower, when asked why
it had been so successful, responded, "We had better meteorologists than
The invasion of Normandy was originally planned for June 5, one
day before the actual invasion took place. The Allied troops needed a
perfect combination of low tides in the English Channel and favorable weather
to land at Normandy.
June 4-6 was the tide window, but there was a
hurricane-like storm wreaking havoc with heavy rain and strong winds and
another, stronger storm quickly following it. General Eisenhower, on the advice of American
and British meteorologists, decided to postpone the invasion.
But for how long? If they couldn't invade on
the 6, it would have to wait two more weeks for low tide. With the massive
storm to the north, the team analyzed a weak area of high pressure west of
Normandy that might offer a brief period of improved weather to launch the
It was a gutsy decision, but D-Day was a go based on that
Given the massive storm, the Germans were taken
completely by surprise, which was the turning point for the war.
If Eisenhower had waited the two more weeks for
the next low tide, conditions would have been much worse than on June 5.
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