The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is concerned with the effects 5G will have on satellites to predict the weather accurately. The interference caused by the 5G millimeter waves could cause weather forecast systems to be set back decades. According to Acting NOAA Administrator Neil Jacobs, “This would degrade the forecast skill by up to 30%. If you look back in time to see when our forecast skill was roughly 30% less than it was today, it’s somewhere around 1980.”
Over the years, with the advancement of weather forecasting, we have been able to prevent more deaths with warnings at least two to three days before a catastrophic weather event happens. Per the National Hurricane Center in 2018, more than 170 deaths occurred during the Atlantic hurricane season, all thanks to the enhancements we now have in our weather forecasting systems. Once 5G is fully implemented, the loss of data for weather satellites will decrease at a rate of 77%. The weather satellites can detect water vapor, according to the NOAA, and the waves produced by 5G will cause interference. Those living in tropical or coastal areas are concerned, especially since two to three days of advanced warning have saved many lives.
Mary Power who is a director at WMO made the statement, “The death toll of the largest hurricanes were certainly reduced because we saw them coming.” Although 5G is supposed to bring about faster downloading, real-time gaming, among other things, is it really worth compromising the advancements we have made in other areas or our health?