I’m considering moving from my current Rainbird ESP-SMTe to the Rachio V2. What originally drew me to the SMTe a few years ago was the managed allowed depletion method of watering and on-site weather station. The main downsides are that the system does not measure solar radiation, it can’t look at future forecasts during scheduling, and there’s no mobile access. I’m hopeful that the Rachio can help bridge these gaps.
If I switch, I’d like to still have the benefits of an on-site weather station again. I live in Nebraska—so rainfall can vary quite a bit over a small area—so it seems having a way to measure actual rainfall on-site is important. There is an airport about 10 miles from my location, so I assume that is where current conditions would come from if I didn’t have a PWS.
As I read about the different weather station options, I see that some report more information than others. For the flex scheduling to work properly in my situation, how important is it that I choose a station that can measure solar radiation for the ET calculations (such as Davis Instruments Pro2)? If I go with a cheaper option that doesn’t include this (say Acurite or Netatmo), how much less accurate do the ET calculations become?
Would certainly appreciate any thoughts you all have on my situation! Thanks in advance.