Does Weather Mess With Your Internet Connection?



Satellite TV and Internet are fantastic conveniences, but they’re more likely to have interference during bad weather than any other type of Internet service. Satellites orbit above the sky, which means that any clouds overhead could be potential barriers for their signals. Data reception might slow down significantly, or it could even cut off completely for several minutes at a time. Bad weather can create other issues, like ice accumulating on the satellite dish, or heavy wind blowing the dish out of alignment. Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done about satellite signal loss during a storm, aside from waiting it out. Like satellite transmissions, 4G and 5G Internet connections can also have trouble penetrating through atmospheric moisture. However, cellular towers are typically well belong the cloud layer, making this less of an issue. You may lose a couple of bars of signal in cases of thick fog or rain, but only if you live several miles away from the tower. Then there’s WiFi. Generally, weather won’t change the strength of the WiFi signal from the router to your device. What weather can do, however, is mess with the Internet service that your WiFi uses. Similar to cell towers, WiFi routers are dependent on line of sight and distance to your device. A router may be putting out a strong signal, but once it's sent to the other end of your house, through several walls, it becomes much weaker. So, in the end, Mother Nature is still in control and can still wreak havoc with TV and Internet service.