The Most Important Weather Forecast In History

It was 70 years ago this month that Gen. Dwight Eisenhower’s chief meteorologist, Capt. James Stagg, made one of the most important weather forecasts of all time. Defying his colleagues, he advised Ike to postpone the invasion of Normandy by one day — from June 5, 1944 to June 6, 1944 — because of uncertain weather conditions. A bad forecast would have jeopardized the entire operation, which could have lead to the loss of thousands of lives and massive amounts of equipment would have been lost. Relying mainly on surface observations, predicting the weather more than a day or two in advance in that era was unrealistic. While far from perfect, the weather on the morning of June 6 was good enough for the invasion to proceed successfully. Years later, during a ride with President Eisenhower to the Capitol for his inauguration, President-elect John F. Kennedy asked Ike why the Normandy invasion had been so successful. Ike's answer: "Because we had better meteorologists than the Germans!”

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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