How weather affects cell phone signal

Basically, any water in the atmosphere that comes between your phone and the cell tower is not a good thing. Water impedes radio waves on the frequencies used by cellular networks. That means rain, snow, fog, clouds – even a bright, sunny day with high humidity – can cause cell reception to drop off.

This signal impedance happens because water conducts electricity, which allows water vapor in the atmosphere to reflect or refract radio waves. Engineers call this the “propagation delay effect.”

But for you and me it means the cell signal is (a) diluted by noise and (b) takes longer to get where it’s supposed to go (either to your phone or the tower) which we notice as reduced reception.

But the negative impact on your cell reception can vary with specific weather conditions. See below.

What to do about poor cell signal

So, there you have it – how and why weather can affect cellular reception. Now if your cell coverage drops during a weather event in your location, you’ll understand what’s going on.

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