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5G networks to have a devastating effect on 3-day weather forecasts

5G networks to have a devastating effect on 3-day weather forecasts
5G networks will bring faster download speeds and a bunch of opportunities to connect all sorts of devices in ways never possible before, but it might also break one critical part of weather reporting.

The problem arises from the very frequencies used for 5G technology that happen to coincide with the frequency at which water vapor molecules vibrate in the atmosphere. Right now, satellites monitor these tiny vibrations and report the information to weather agencies that use this critical piece of data to give you more accurate 3-day weather forecasts.

These specific water vapor molecule vibrations happen at a frequency of around 23.8 gigahertz, dangerously close to the 24 gigahertz frequencies employed by some 5G networks. With random 5G signals appearing in these frequencies, they will effectively act as noise that will prevent satellites from properly reading the weather data and might bring us back to a state of weather forecasting we used to have as far back as the 80's, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The warnings are backed by various weather experts, who also say that predictions of floods, storms and hurricanes also use this information and will become less reliable.

On the other side of the fence, we have FCC chairman Ajit Pai who said in a letter in April that NASA and the NOAA, which pleaded the auction for those bands be delayed, were making “exaggerated and unverified last-minute assertions.”

Is there a solution in sight? Right now, it seems that 5G interference in those wavelengths will be random and will be quite hard, if not impossible to filter out. 

“We are significantly concerned about interference with weather forecasts or warnings,” AccuWeather forecasting manager Dan DePodwin said. 5G interference could disrupt “snow, storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, all kinds of severe weather warnings.”

The effect is not likely to be immediate, but will worsen significantly once 5G networks grow denser in the not so distant future. Keep in mind, that this will affect regions where 24GHz networks are rolled out, while sub-6GHz networks that will blanket most of the nation are not likely to cause such an interference.

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7 Comments

1. AbhiD

Posts: 891; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

5G is seriously unnecessary no matter what companies or people say or think. Not only it's going to cause more damage to human health (very high frequencies and with network towers at every nook and corner of street), be ready to see massive increase in cases of brain diseases cropping up in coming decades. Even other body parts are going to see adverse impact. 4G is more than enough, speeds are enough and with a little more optimisation and coverage, they can get even better. Why is that no proper study was conducted to see if there were any ill effects of 5G waves? Could have alleviated fears. What's to hide?

4. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I'm not sure where you got your information, but the high band 5g cannot penetrate a sheet a paper, let alone your skin and your skull to get to your brain. There are no legitimate health concerns about 5g nor other radio bands used by cell phones.

5. AbhiD

Posts: 891; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Why would there be health concerns proven at all? Will the phone lobby and carrier lobby around the world let any such proof come out ever? If you really believe there are no health concerns, please go and sit, live below 4G (not even 5G) tower for a few days straight and tell the world how you feel after that.

6. hueley

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 29, 2019

You don't need it to penetrate walls. It'll be sent directly to YOU. It does go through walls, and so will it through paper. With different signal strength loses yes of course. Every person has the potential to be a beam recipient.

2. looneyhouston

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

These A-holes always get weather forecast wrong in Houston anyways

3. pktong

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 28, 2019

very informative post

7. hueley

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 29, 2019

In more ways than expected.

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