The lettuce ice forecast system will be available by the Web around Nov. 1, Brown said, and continue through the Yuma deal into March or April.
Under a prior model, the university’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences website began offering an hourly forecast for growers last year.
“Our plan would be to repeat that so they can get online any day for a text-based or map-based forecast for the next 48 hours,” Brown said.
Meteorologists plan to meet with growers in the summer or fall to discuss additional delivery options, such as text messaging or Twitter transfers, Brown said.
As the model is perfected, possible future developments include near-surface humidity forecasting, which could be relevant to plant disease issues; and uses by the alternative-energy industry for solar and wind power.