It was June 3, 1944. The day was June 3, 1944. A remote North Atlantic weather station operator observed that her barometer was falling fast in County Mayo, on the west coast Ireland. This was a sign that a storm was approaching the English Channel.

Maureen Flavin Sweeney was Maureen Flavin Sweeney. Her weather report, that delayed D-Day landings by 24 hrs, saved thousands of people’s lives, won her an honorable mention in the Congressional Record.

Maureen, now 98, received the honor as part of a ceremony in the Ti Arie nursing home where she now lives at the hands of the highest ranking veteran serving in the U.S. Congress, Jack Bergman.

According to the Irish Times, he wrote that “Her professionalism and skill were essential in ensuring Allied victory, so her legacy will live on forever.” __S.6__

The weather station located at Blacksod Point kept track of the weather, sending it to Dublin and then to London’s offices of the Allied Expeditionary Force. On the 21st anniversary of Mrs. Sweeney’s birthday, an angry English woman called her office and asked “please check…please again.”

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However after reading the barometer again with the help of her husband Ted, the result was the same–that a storm which would cause General Eisenhower to postpone the landings by 24 hours, would indeed pass over the English Channel on June 5th. Sweeney wasn’t aware of the significance of her reports until a decade after a battle.

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Clear skies and calm seas were vital for air support by the Allies and for landing troops in safe and secure areas. Her report was not enough to justify the huge losses at five beaches.

Vincent, Maureen’s son, said that he was proud of Maureen’s contribution to the war result, but also admitted that he was happy “that she got it right.”

( WATCH Below is the RTE video for Maureen.

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