Ok. I’ve been on station KSMQ NOAA station since my last reporting on this issue. This station is located in Somerville, NJ and is 9 miles away from my home. I mentioned before, The Gladstone PWS is much closer to my home(2.5mi) but since Franz mentioned it is not reporting precipitation, with much hesitation I switched to KSMQ.
We had a considerable amount of rain this past week. As such, I reviewed my Rachio graph today. To my surprise, almost all of the Zones are showing zero % moisture. Because of this, the system scheduled to water last night. The cycle was skipped (and rightfully so) due to the fact that my rain sensor is still activated. If it were not for my rain sensor, again, I would be wasting water. After further research and looking into the station KSMQ and Weather Underground precipitation reports on I found that the station only reports 0.2 inches of precipitation this week. This is WAY off from what I actually received. I know this because the amount of inches of rain was maxed out on my Rain Sensor’s graph and because the sensor is still active. So, I looked at Weather Underground’s report for another station that is literally less than 2 miles away from my home (KSNSOMERSET20 in Ukranian Village Somerset) and it correctly shows over 1 inch of rain fall this week. This matches what I’m seeing on my Rain Sensor’s graph.
Now I am in a conundrum, I dont have a Weather Station to choose that reports precipitation values that are representative of my location. My Rain Sensor works, but I show no water accumilations due to the rain fall in my region. I show no savings when the Rain Sensor is activated. My Rachio zones are being scheduled based on weather conditions that are occuring at homes in another town as opposed to what is happening at my home.
Not sure what to do but I am about to give up on this technology.