Woke up to my sprinklers watering in the rain AGAIN


#1

I’m at the end of my rope with this thing. Here in SoCal, it rained for two straight days. We had at least 2 inches of rain. I woke up this morning to see Rachio watering every zone in my already flooded yard. When I checked the moisture level in the app, most of my zones were listed at 9 percent or 19 percent, etc. The 2 inches of rain apparently did not add any moisture.

I manually changed the moisture level of each zone to 100 percent so it would not turn on again today.


#2

If your moisture graphs are showing 9-19% with rain the last two days, it sounds as though the weather station that you have Rachio pointed to isn’t reporting rainfall amounts.


#3

@adamkos @tmcgahey is correct, you need to update your weather station.

The current one you are using is over 10 miles away.

:cheers:

Here is more information on choosing a different, closer weather station.


#4

@adamkos Also, I’d probably choose a personal weather station (PWS) which will be a lot closer. Noticed one that was only 2 miles from your house on the map.

:cheers:


#5

Hi franz,

I was using the PWS called PWS_ARTHUS. They seem to not report any participation. Probably why Rachio didn’t stop watering. I just switched it to KVNY this morning. It is 10 miles away. How can I tell which of those PWS will be reliable?


#6

Also, what exactly is a Personal Weather Station? Is that one of those little devices that people buy from Costco? Are they reliable?


#7

If you click on the “More Info” link on the station (station selection screen) it will show you what it reported. Looks like yesterday was over 2 inches like you mentioned!

http://www.pwsweather.com/obs/archive/yest/KCASANTA820.html

http://www.pwsweather.com/obs/archive/yest/KCASANTA820.html

Great question, yes usually a station someone has in their backyard. They can be bought for as little as $150(?) and provide temperature and precipitation data. Amazon also has a lot of PWS for sale.

If they are maintained can be highly reliable. I have one in my backyard for the highest level of accuracy :wink:

Have a great weekend and congratulations on the rain!

:cheers:


#8

I’m using an Ambient Weather station. I links up with a Rachio controller just fine.


#9

I’m using an accuweather 5 in one pws. No problems.
Yes you can get an accuweather at Costco.


#10

This is a basic problem with the Rachio system. It relies on weather stations that aren’t in your yard. I have also had issues with using a PWS that wasn’t reporting rain amounts. The better system would be a Rachio unit that has a percepitation gauge that could be mounted on your property to accurately measure rain amounts.


#11

Feel free to add a rain sensor. Rachio has provisions for one.

Otherwise, not sure how PWS outages is really a problem with the “Rachio system”. I’m betting a vast majority of users (myself included) don’t have rain gauges and will rely on the weather intelligence of Rachio.


#12

I am suggesting a rain guage that measures the amount of rain, not just a simple on/off guage. The basis for Rachio weather intelligence is precipitation information from PWS or weather stations that in most cases are not in your yard. I use a PWS that is 4.11 miles from my home and it often shows rain that I did not receive. An integrated rain guage would greatly increase the information used by Rachio to determine watering schedules. This is a product development suggestion, not a slight against Rachio.