Probably none of the technology in the expectation of such a Revolution: The new mobile communications Standard, 5G will not heave only the mobile Internet in a completely new dimension of speed, but the whole of our economy and society to digitize. Autonomous cars, completely digital switched cities, undreamt-of possibilities and promises the future of technology. However, weather experts now warn: In terms of weather forecasts, threatens to be a disaster due to 5G.

“in The end it could mean the difference between life and death” – so dramatically, Tony McNally, weather expert at the European centre for medium-range weather forecasts to the “Guardian puts it,”. “The implementation of the introduction of 5G could seriously affect our ability to handle large storms to predict.”

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blame for the new technology-made frequencies, warned NASA in an article published in the journal Nature. To be able to storms effectively predict, researchers have to rely on a very weak Signal, which is emitted from water vapor at a frequency of 23.8 GHz. The Problem is that Many of the 5G released frequencies lie in a very similar spectrum in the US, for example, the areas between 24,25 and 24,45 GHz, as well as between 24,75 and 25,25 GHz are the. Is transmitted in the future in these areas of life, going to the weak signals of the steam in this reason, noise simply.

The consequences would be dramatic. The missing weather data would throw back the ability to predict the weather for 40 years, said Neil Jacobs, the head of the for the oceans and the atmosphere, to the competent US authority NOAA, last week before the U.S. Congress. The super storm Sandy would have been without these data, the coast located, as Jacobs. So only a few hours for protection would have remained instead of several days measures and the disaster have been still greater. Sandy had tasted in 2012, despite the preparation time, at least 147 people.

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For Germany, you don’t expect these problems, said the European satellite Organisation EumetSat and the “Weather Channel Germany”. “The auction is not for the bands 26 GHz, which interfere with potentially unwanted emissions, the satellite sensors.” In the European countries is currently offered mainly to frequencies in the range between 3.4 and 3.8 GHz. The frequency between 24,25-27,5 GHz were, however, at 14. In may of this year, by decision, also for the use for 5G to be determined. From the 31. December 2020, you can be according to the current state of the EU member States auctioned.

An error of the United States you want to avoid. The local authorities have set lax limits for the intensity of the interference, you allow the 150-fold stronger interference than the EU. The world meteorological organization recommends, meanwhile, stricter limits: they should be according to the experts, even 3000 times more stringent than in the United States.

How strong the European advance to actually say suffer. Since the weather is influenced by global, play in the calculation of the forecasts, the US measurements of a role. “It is a global Problem,” summarizes the U.S. Meterologe Jordan Gerth the Problem against “Nature”. The only solution is currently taking place on the national level.

sources: Nature, The Guardian, Washington Post, “The Weather Channel”, European Commission

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