How to determine if Weather Station is measuring precipitation


#1

I am the new owner of a Rachio 3. I installed the controller during a rain so I have yet to actually set a schedule per instructions from my gardener. I will be curious to see how it works. It’s fascinating.

One of the reasons I got the system is so my sprinklers will not run with rain. To that end, I have decided to rely on a nearby weather station rather than the “Weather Network” in Weather Intelligence Plus. I am posting a screenshot of the weather station I selected. Here are a few questions:

  1. I wanted to make sure it is set to measure rainfall. So, I selected to see the last month and it does register rainfall. I assume that means the station is measuring rainfall and it is a good one to use?

  2. Also, is it safe to say that it is someone’s personal weather station (PWS)??

  3. Will a PWS .92 miles from my home still give me a good reading? I imagine so, but would love to hear any opinions.

Thanks in advance for the information.


#2

I may not know how to attach a photo. Please let me know whether it is viewable. If not, I’m open to pointers on how to do so. Thanks.


#3

Here is the station in question.

https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KCAFRESN89

The month looks pretty good without knowing exact rainfall.

Assuming yes.

Anything less than a mile should be great data.

Welcome to the community and have a great weekend!

:cheers:


#4

I can’t wait for someone to tell me to water my lawn! Should be soon. My wife is against “smart” products. If she wants a light on, she’ll turn it on. However, she is all for economy and, especially, ecology. When I told her about Rachio, she said let’s do it! I never thought I’d be excited for my sprinklers to go on!

I will keep the aforementioned weather station as my station of choice. Thanks. I love reading the board just to see what I can learn.


#5

@Mtalio Fantastic! Let us know if you have any followup questions.

:cheers: