What’s up with the weather these days?
If it seems like the weather forecast is never right these days, you can blame COVID-19. A new study says with fewer planes in the sky thanks to the pandemic, global weather data is becoming less accurate.
Researchers working with the American Geophysical Union report the world lost between 50 and 75 percent of its aircraft weather observations in March, April, and May. The drop-off began when nations started grounding commercial flights due to the pandemic. These aircraft are usually constantly recording things like air temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, and wind during their flights. With fewer planes reporting, meteorologists now have less information to build their forecasts with, affecting their accuracy. The drop in air travel may cause big problems during hurricane and monsoon seasons. Weather measurements from aircraft often catch early warning signs of major weather events.
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