El Nino has developed and is forecast to remain through the southern hemisphere winter. While climate models are undecided what will happen then. Metris analysis is that it will likely weaken and a neutral setting will return. For a La Nina to develop would require a change to the cooling phases that remain weak.
Metris advantage is also in the fact that our forecast has Horticultural training, as we forecast disease risk for a range of crops makes gives us another significant edge.
Given we are working in an increasingly 'web based' age ... Metris has in house web authoring ability. PHP, mysql, html ... xml. The website is a responsive design ... that is it adapts to your devise ... cell phone, ipad, android ... windows for mobile ... and good old desktop ... it just works.
The metscape website is be redeveloped with mobile devices in mind. Smart phone/ tablet friendly design is being designed so that forecasts can be accessed in a format that responds to the device being used. Being able to access frost forecasts on your phone ... "how good would that be!"
- Metris is runing a WRF nmm mesoscale model. What difference will this make? Significantly up-grades the forecast resolutions. Our Global model data is 0.5 degrees (55km) grid. Metris WRF will have operational 6.1km grid over 120hr (5days). Metris also intends to do 1hr interpolation over a shorter period. This will have significant benefits with FROST forecasting.