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D-Day Forecast by James Stagg

Perhaps one of the most important weather forecasts ever made was the one for D-Day, the Allied invasion of France.

For the Allied invasion to have any chance of success, General Eisenhower – Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces - needed a full moon, a low tide, little cloud cover, light winds, and low seas. The low tide was necessary to allow soldiers to see, avoid, and disarm the mined obstacles. During June 1944 a full moon and low tide coincided on 5, 6 and 7 June. The invasion of France had been scheduled for June 5, 1944.

Six of the most catastrophic weather events in British history: Image: Frost fair on the River Thames in London, 1683, during the 'Little Ice Age'


1) ‘De Grote Mandrenke’, 1362 

2) Europe’s bitterly cold winter, 1407–8

3) The Great Tudor Drought, 1540–41 

4) The Lewes Avalanche, 1836

5) The Great Tempest of 1703

6) The Climate Crisis, 1815–17

To read about these events, please visit >> http://www.historyextra.com/article/medieval/6-most-catastrophic-weather-events-british-history?