A mathematical model based on a numerical solution to the earth-air interface energy flux density equation is described. The model uses synoptic information, real time satellite data and standard meteorological measurements at key locations to produce short-range air and surface temperature predictions for the Florida peninsula during critical freeze nights. A statistical approach is then used to produce a detailed lattice of temperatures with the values from the key locations. The lattice of values is used to produce a thermal map of the Florida peninsula that is displayed on a television screen in a format identical to that used presently to display the satellite thermal data. The work stems from a cooperative project with NOAA, NASA and the University of Florida, to improve freeze forecasts.
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