5G Cell Service Could Hurt Weather Forecasts

The deployment of 5G risks taking weather forecasts back decades.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Weather forecasts might seem dodgy but they are still pretty impressive if you think about it. Days before these meteorologists estimate the weather and many times get it right. And the technology has come along way.

Today, a 5-day weather forecast is as reliable as a 24 hour forecast was back in 1980. And it's not just about knowing when to take an umbrella. Today's weather forecasts save lives, just like in the cases of hurricanes.

Now, meteorologists are afraid that upcoming 5G transmissions will drown out the measurements settings for weather forecasts, sending meteorologists back decades. I guess it's true that you can not make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

5G deployment promises to make our phones faster and more reliable. It plans to do this by switching over to higher frequencies and bandwidths. But these frequencies will mess with weather forecasts.

In the U.S., the right to use each bandwidth is auctioned off by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Recently, the FCC opened an auction on a bandwidth that is uncomfortably close to the one used by meteorologists. And that is where the problem lies.

We won't tell you more. You have to watch the video for that. It is brought to you by SciShow and features their standard clearly illustrated explanation that will have you understanding what meteorologists are truly worried about.