Could 5G Wireless Networks Interfere With Weather Satellites?

Wireless radio frequencies are being auctioned by the United States government for mobile 5G networks. Scientists warn that this could interfere with weather forecasts and make them less accurate.

Information about atmospheric water vapor is used in computer models to help predict how weather systems behave. Water vapor transmits at a signal of 23.8 gigahertz frequency. Meteorologists speculate that a 5G network transmitting close to that frequency could be mistaken for water vapor and therefore make the forecasts less accurate.

However, no formal studies have been conducted to look at how closely 5G networks could interfere with the satellites transmitting at 23.8 gigahertz.

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