Watering

Tim Foster
Updated at 2019-12-14 13:23:21 UTC
Topic: Smart watering

I have my first period of rain coming up, so the smart schedule isn't planning on watering until Christmas Eve. Since getting the sensors working properly I've been very happy with the smart watering, but the rain predictions here tend to be a bit sketchy. As my system is saying it won't water because there is rain expected, does it automatically adjust itself and water if the predicted rain doesn't arrive?


Also, I have it set to not water if expected rain is 5mm. What is the difference in this context between expectation and forecast?

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Netro Support
Updated at 2019-12-16 02:01:17 UTC

Hi Tim, 

Netro will check the weather data for the past and get new weather data at 4 am in the morning to adjust following schedules accordingly. Netro also supports rainfall adjustment (Please go to the Discover page and tap the "+" button on the upper right corner,  select "Correct Rainfall") 


The expectation will take the forecasted precipitation and multiply it by the probability of rain. If the result is 0.2 inches or higher, than we will cancel watering schedules. For example, if rainfall is 0.2 inches but probability is 50%, then 0.2*.5 = .1, 0.1 is less than 0.2, so the watering will go as scheduled. But if rainfall is 0.4 inches with 50%, then the Smart Zone will cancel the watering schedule for that day. 


Please let us know if you have further questions. 


Regards, 

Netro Support