This has happened several times before, but when it did usually it was chiseling and the rain wasn’t forecasted and it had happened out of the blue so I didnt really care.
However, yesterday (and an event like this happened 1 week ago as well) we had “severe thunderstorm” warning all day and it poured rain non stop for 2.5 hours during which there was a period of 30 minutes of hurricane level rain (so bad that my roof leaked, just to give you an idea).
Yet, Rachio tried to water multiple zones for 2 hours. I had to manually cancel it. Here is what happened chronologically:
- Severe thunderstorm warning issued 9am in the morning between hours of 6pm and 10pm
- Rain starts at 4:30 pm
- Very heavy rain and lightning hits around 6:00pm and lasts till 6:45 ish
- Rain continues all night on and off till 9pm
- Rachio tries watering on schedule at 7:30pm
What’s going on here? If I cannot trust Rachio, how can I use it? This is the second time when it tried to water during very heavy rain (not counting the multiple times it missed rain before - in my view this is unacceptable, it shouldn’t miss any rain at all).
I have flexible daily schedules and smart schedule and all other options turned before you ask. My username is DerStig as well so feel free to look at my profile. I am using a weather stations thats only a few miles away and I am 100% sure there was absolutely no way any meteorologist or any weather station in a 50 mile radius of where I live could have missed yesterday’s rain. I am also living 20 miles from Manhattan so not remotely in an area that is rural and wouldn’t have any decent weather station.