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Why 5G technology could impact your weather forecasts

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Posted at 7:43 AM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 08:43:11-05

MADISON — 5G technology is facing backlash by a UW-Madison scientist.

He's worried the new cell phone signals will scramble important data that helps forecast weather, which could impact all of us.

All of this is over tiny droplets in our atmosphere that help meteorologists predict major storms, your 7-day forecast and even research climate change. These droplets cannot be seen. They are only detected on a single frequency, which will soon be used for 5G.

Jordan Gerth says to think of it like an apartment building.

"You have one neighbor that is a party animal every night and got loud music and in the adjacent unit you got someone who needs to go to bed early," said Gerth.

In this case, the quiet neighbor is the water droplets and 5G is the loud party animal.

"They will be blasting out the water vapor signal because the water vapor signal would interfere with them," said Gerth.

Gerth hopes telephone companies will keep their signal power down so meteorologists can continue accurately forecasting weather.

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