A study out this week by Dr. Ying Chen, a senior research associate at Lancaster University's Environment Centre, highlights this problem.
The study found the "accuracy of surface meteorology forecast in March-May 2020 decreases remarkably" as flight density drops due to Covid-19.
The research examined weather forecasts from March 2020 and compared them to actual observed weather in the same time frame.
"It is the temperature forecast where accuracy went down," says Chen. Patterns of hot and cold air are critical in hurricane formation and prediction. If temperatures cannot be tracked accurately, it could be more challenging to identify hotspots early on.
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