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One More Coronavirus Problem: Accurate Weather Forecasts

Weather forecast models rely on commercial airplanes for massive amounts of real-time data. With widespread flight cancellations, meteorologists are concerned.
Commercial planes provide weather forecasters with vital data, so widespread flight cancellations could hurt local weather reports. Source: Silas Stein

Widespread cancellations of commercial flights are creating problems for meteorologists around the world. That's because weather forecasting models rely on temperature and wind data gathered by thousands of planes flying overhead.

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