5G wireless may lead to inaccurate weather forecasts

A study has for the first time modelled the impact of 5G radiation “leakage” on forecasting. The upcoming 5G wireless networks that will provide faster cell phone service may lead to inaccurate weather forecasts, says the Rutgers study.

Fifth-generation cellular wireless technology (5G) stems from new, smarter ways to use the higher (mmWave) frequencies for mobile communications. It has faster connection times, increases the number of devices that can connect to a network and will be more widely available over the next two to three years, writes a statement.

The Rutgers study used computer modeling to examine the impact of 5G “leakage”, or the unintended radiation from a transmitter into an adjacent frequency band or channel, on forecasting the deadly 2008 Super Tuesday Tornado Outbreak in the South and Midwest, explained the statement.

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.

Based on modeling, 5G leakage power of -15 to -20 decibel Watts affected the accuracy of forecasting of precipitation (by up to 0.9 millimeters) during the tornado outbreak and temperatures near ground level (by up to 2.34 degrees Fahrenheit).

The researchers explained that the magnitude of error found in the study is insignificant or significant, depending on whether you represent the 5G community or the meteorological community.

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