Just got this email. I’m thinking this might fix a number of complaints of the current WI+ not really being helpful with the 30 year averages. I’ll end up keeping my local PWS, but hopefully this will be a welcome change!
FREE weather service upgrade coming soon
We’re reaching out to let you know that an improved version of our Weather Intelligence Plus service will be released to all users in early October.
This free upgrade will be deployed to all users and there is no action needed by you.
In fact, some of you are already using this updated service if you activated your controller after February 2022. We wanted you to be included in this email to learn more about what we’re doing to provide the best watering schedules possible.
Features of the updated service
The previous service uses 30-year historical weather data, but Rachio recognizes that the climate is changing; the weather of 20-30 years ago may not accurately predict what the weather will be like today. The Weather Intelligence Plus service provides you with more relevant and accurate weather information to create and modify smart watering schedules. This means that you will get more accurate weather skips and seasonal shifts.
I’ve never selected a weather station, how will this affect me?
Your weather data will be greatly improved with this upgrade! If you never selected a weather station, then you will continue using our Weather Intelligence Plus Network with better data.
I want to try a single weather station, how can I do that?
When you upgrade, your weather source will be set to our highly accurate and improved Weather Intelligence Plus Network that uses interpolated weather data for observed and forecasted weather conditions.
If you want to use a single station after upgrading, you can select from a list of single stations from Weather Underground. To choose a single station from the mobile app select the “More” tab, select “Controller Settings”, then choose “Weather Intelligence Plus” and then select “Weather Source” to choose from a list of single stations.
To get the most out of a single station, we recommend using a Tempest Weather System which fully integrates with the Rachio App and does not require a third-party service.
Can I use the same weather station that I am using now?
Yes, your weather station will not change.
How do I upgrade on my own before October?
This will occur automatically in early October for all users who activated after February 2022. There is no way to update before then.
What if I have more questions?
Simply respond to this email and our support team will get back to you.