Are you ready for weather forecasts to become less accurate?
Do you trust the nightly weather forecast?
Jokes about forecasters making the wrong prediction are rife, but the truth is things could be about to get a lot worse.
The 5G wireless networks that will provide faster mobile phone service may also lead to inaccurate weather forecasts, according to a new study on a controversial issue that has created anxiety for meteorologists.
“Our study – the first of its kind that quantifies the effect of 5G on weather prediction error – suggests that there is an impact on the accuracy of weather forecasts,” said senior author Professor Narayan Mandayam.
The Rutgers study used computer modelling to examine the impact of 5G ‘leakage’ – unintended radiation from a transmitter into an adjacent frequency band or channel.
The signals from the 5G frequency bands potentially could leak into the band used by weather sensors on satellites that measure the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere and affect weather forecasting and predictions.
Meteorologists rely on satellites for the data needed to forecast weather.
How often do you pay attention to the weather forecast? Do you think forecasts will become less accurate as a result of 5G technology?