Terra Spase, Inc., the leading vineyard technology company, will announce tomorrow that it will be the exclusive online provider of Fox Weather, LLC weather and vine disease risk forecasts for Napa and Sonoma Counties at www.Terraspase.com. The announcement will be part of Terra Spase's Second Vineyard Technology Seminar, entitled "Utilizing New Technologies for Weather, Vineyard Disease and Harvest Forecasting."

Terra Spase already provides near real-time weather and disease risk data and maps at www.Terraspase.com. This agreement will add new weather products from Fox Weather to Terra Spase's web site, including:

Satellite rain forecasts of offshore weather systems;
  • 10-day agricultural weather forecast for Napa and Sonoma
  • Counties, including high/low temperatures, precipitation, and evapotranspiration and trends;

  • 30-day weather outlook for coastal areas of Northern California;

  • Disease risk forecasts for botrytis and powdery mildew;

  • Quantitative precipitation forecast, providing probability of expected rainfall every 3 hours for 24-hour periods.

"This additional data from the industry's leader allows Terra Spase to provide the most comprehensive online weather service for Northern California's wine industry," said Paul W. Skinner, Ph.D., president of Terra Spase.

Among other topics and speakers at the Terra Spase seminar, Skinner and Alan Fox, director, Fox Weather, LLC, will present the new service on August 30, 8:30-12:00, Embassy Suites. Other speakers include Doug Gubler, U.C. Davis, and Carla Thomas, FieldWise, Inc. For more information on the seminar call 707/967-8325.

Founded in 1994 by Paul W. Skinner, Ph.D., Terra Spase develops and applies the latest technologies to help grape growers and winemakers maximize fruit and wine quality. Based in St. Helena, California, the company integrates years of vineyard consulting experience with GIS, GPS, aerial multi-spectral imagery, historical and real-time weather data, soil and terroir analysis, and proprietary software for analysis and forecasting. "(Terra Spase)...is revolutionizing the growing of grapevines and the making of wine." Los Angeles Times, June 1998.