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Eric Snodgrass

Eric Snodgrass

Eric Snodgrass, is the lead Atmospheric Scientist who assesses and forecasts weather risks in the Agriculture industry.

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Price range

  • $4,000 - $8,000
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  • Agriculture
  • Weather
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  • Education
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  • 4 Years
  • About

    Eric Snodgrass is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each year, he guides over 1500 students through the wild side of weather in ATMS 120: Severe and Hazardous Weather. He teaches advanced courses on General Physical Meteorology (ATMS 201), Meteorological Instrumentation (ATMS 315), Economics of Weather (ATMS 491) and supervises numerous Capstone Research projects. Snodgrass also teaches ENSU 310: Renewable and Alternative Energy for the Environmental Sustainability Program. He advises all undergraduate majors and minors in atmospheric science (~100 students) and supervises graduate teaching assistants and master’s students. He serves on numerous committees and boards on campus including the Provost’s Teaching Advancement Board (Chair), Student Sustainability Committee and the Provost Task Force on Improving Large Enrollment Courses. Snodgrass’ research initiatives focus on K-12 science education as well as weather forecasting applications in financial markets. He is the co-founder of Global Weather and Climate Logistics, LLC. which is a private company that provides logistical guidance and solutions to weather sensitive financial institutions. Recently, his company has merged with Agrible Inc., a precision farm management and predictive analytics company, where he is also co-founder and senior atmospheric scientist. He has recently been awarded the LAS Teaching Excellence award and the Campus Teaching Excellence Award. Also, his online version of ATMS 120 was awarded the 2012 “Best Online Course” from the University Professional Continuing Education Association (a national organization). This course is also being prepared to become a MOOC through Coursea. Currently, his research efforts focus on weather risk involving land-falling tropical cyclones and global agricultural yield projections.

  • Videos
  • Program

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Technical

    Successful production agriculture has many sources of risk and changing weather conditions and forecasts drive much of our decision making. This presentation will have two primary objectives. First, history is our best teacher so we will investigate the large-scale weather processes that have influenced yields in the US over the last 40 years. We will learn together how to observe and forecast high-impact weather patterns that cause yields to break away from trend (i.e., floods, drought, heat waves, cool summers, etc). We will discuss the best way to interpret weather forecasts (both short- and long-term) and where to go for the best data and forecast graphics. We will also look at long-term trends in weather conditions to determine if there are systematic shifts in temperature and precipitation patterns that are impacting crop production in the US and abroad. We will also use this knowledge to understand how weather conditions lead to record yields in 2018. Our second objective will be forecast the weather through the remainder of winter in the US and then showcase the dominant weather features to watch for the 2019 growing season. We will finish with a discussion about global weather impacts on agriculture, including long-term trends, and discuss the progress of South America’s 2018-19 growing season.
  • Review
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    “Both speakers did an excellent job. Eric gives a really good assessment of the current weather and provides what to look at next spring to tell what's probably going to happen next summer. Very entertaining, easy to listen to, and informative.”

    Longview Capital David A
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    “Some of the comments I heard from those in attendance were: "outstanding" "captivating" "really enjoyable & informative" "could have listened to him another hour", etc. The bottom line is that as a meeting planner I was very pleased. I thought his presentation was "right on" for our group.”

    Missouri Assoc. of Mutual Insurance Co's R.B.
Some of the comments I heard from those in attendance were: "outstanding" "captivating" "really enjoyable & informative" "could have listened to him another hour", etc. The bottom line is that as a meeting planner I was very pleased. I thought his presentation was "right on" for our group.
Missouri Assoc. of Mutual Insurance Co's R.B.