|WEATHER AND MILITARY STRATEGY
METEOROLOGIST JEFF HABY
When it comes to executing a war, weather is a critical element that can mean the difference between winning and
losing OR winning big and winning less effectively. The most critical weather element is that of visibility. It is
intelligence reports that allow one side to gain a huge advantage over the other. This intelligence includes
satellite images, visible and infrared images from aircraft, radar, human-eye observations from ground or air
platforms, and various other remote sensing techniques. It is visibility that can significantly damage these
intelligence reports. Critical obstructions to visibility during wartime include
fog, smoke, haze, and
precipitation. When obstructions to visibility occur, the less technological side has an opportunity to conceal
weapons, re-arrange troops, execute war strategy without immediate repercussions and an ability to hide the truth.
Accurate forecasting in the war theatre is extremely important. Accurate forecasts allow for the execution of
alternative maneuvers and a more precise future planning.