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Artificial intelligence now a tool for weather forecasting

Artificial intelligence is improving the accuracy of weather forecasting.

Eric Snodgrass with Nutrien Ag Solutions says using artificial intelligence is a major move in modern weather forecasting. “Back on February 29th, The European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, the ECMWF as we commonly call it, They released their A-I model to the public for free, and we’re testing it against all of our other forms of forecasting.”

Snodgrass says the Europeans built their A-I model based on historical data going back to 1940 and so far, “It has been a good performer. I have been very impressed with the way it’s been able to pick up on certain things days before the other models have, and we’re going to continue to test it all growing season long because if it allow us to do better planning out ten to twelve days, that’s huge for growers.”

But Snodgrass says A-I won’t replace human forecasters. “Humans still far outpace most artificial intelligence in predictive sciences with those capabilities, and as a result, we’re finding it to be a companion to what we do and not something that’s going to replace us.”

Snodgrass spoke to Brownfield during the Wisconsin Agricultural Bankers Conference in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

AUDIO: Eric Snodgrass discusses artificial intelligence in weather forecasting with Brownfield’s Larry Lee

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