Wireless communication allows transfer information from one point to another without any physical medium, using radio waves. Radio waves or technically Radio Frequency (RF) can be impacted by interference of various types.
Since we use Wireless to deliver Internet to customers, some customers have wondered about the affects of weather on services. Even for us, it is challenging to understand all the exact technical matters, but the text below is a very technical piece talking about RF usage:
Wireless communication is the phenomena that lets us transfer information from one point to another without any physical medium—the propagation of radio waves. RF (Radio Frequency) interference is the radiation or conduction of radio frequency that interfere with the operation.
In this propagation method, when the signal encounters a rise in temperature in the atmosphere instead of the normal decrease (known as a temperature inversion), the higher refractive index of the atmosphere there will cause the wireless signal to be bent. Tropospheric ducting affects all frequencies, and signals enhanced this way tend to travel up to 800 miles.
Tropospheric ducting of radio and television signals is relatively common during the summer and autumn months, and is the result of change in the refractive index of the atmosphere at the boundary between air masses of different temperatures and humidities. Using an analogy, it can be said that the denser air at ground level slows the wave front a little more than does the rare upper air, imparting a downward curve to the wave travel.
Ducting can occur on a very large scale when a large mass of cold air is overrun by warm air. This is termed a temperature inversion, and the boundary between the two air masses may extend for 1,000 miles (1,600 km) or more along a stationary weather front.