odyssey06 wrote: »
This is what happens when a Mayo man ends up in the White House
Just trying to follow the article...
"The remote Blacksod lighthouse and coastguard station played a key role during World War II supplying Britain with weather reports. Ted and Maureen Sweeney were amongst those taking readings on an hourly basis, which were being secretly phoned into London."
She wasn't actually the one sending the reports to London though, right?
I'm not clear on how her forecasts were communicated \ picked up and relayed to the British & Americans?
The One Doctor wrote: »
Telegraph or Morse via radio.
UDAWINNER wrote: »
goes against the theory that we were neutral, doesn't it?
Tyrone212 wrote: »
Strange. How often would the weather be inclement on the west coast here and then go to affect NW France especially during Summer. Not very often I would say. That was a big determination to make because of crap weather on the West Coast here. More often than not it would head NE not SE.
riffmongous wrote: »
It did head NE actually, but the associated front was a over a thousand kilometres long and on the 5th stretched all the way down the North sea from Norway to the Channel.
I've been trying to figure out the full story, it seems they knew from their observations from the other side of the Atlantic that a storm was coming, the Americans predicted using a method based off of historical patterns that it wouldn't arrive in time or would miss and the 5th should be invasion day. The British thought otherwise using their method based on synoptic charts. Every single day was critical because a) they had a limited tidal window where it would be possible to land their ships and b) the high command were extremely worried that the invasion buildup would be discovered by the Germans. The observations from the 3rd confirmed that the storm and front had arrived and the landing scheduled for the 5th was postponed. The observations from the 4th then indicated the front had passed and the forecasters could then extrapolate that the 6th would be ok to go ahead.
If the landing had gone ahead on the 5th it probably would have been a disaster, high winds, rough seas and no air support. If it had been delayed to the next window in June the chance of it being discovered and German reinforcements strengthening the defences would have increased and in addition the weather was also very poor
jackboy wrote: »
I thought she was just taking measurements and passing on the data, which is nothing remarkable. I think the forecasts were being done by someone else.