Personal Weather Station FAQ
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What are Personal Weather Stations? (PWS)
"A personal weather station is a set of weather measuring instruments operated by a private individual, club, association, or even business (where obtaining and distributing weather data is not a part of the entity's business operation)." *
Put simply, a PWS is a set of instruments that you can install on your own property, which will provide a weather feed that can be used by our weather service. This allows for more localized weather observations and forecasts, whether you choose to install one yourself or simply use one nearby.
What are some pros & cons of using a PWS?
The pros & cons of using a PWS:
This is because...
"... the quality and number of instruments can vary widely, and placement of the instruments — so important to obtaining accurate, meaningful, and comparable data — can also be [quite] variable." *
By contrast, a National Weather Station (NWS):
How does Rachio use this weather data?
Accurate weather data is very important. The weather data provided by your [default / preferred] weather station is used in numerous ways throughout the app:
- Weather Intelligence Settings: If you use Rain Skip, Freeze Skip, or Climate Skip, each uses weather data to determine weather to skip or run a schedule. If the data reported from the weather station is inaccurate, the controller will make a decision that may not fit your expectations.
- Scheduling forecast: if you're using a Flexible Daily schedule, weather data is used daily to update your schedule forecast.
How do I select a PWS in the Rachio App?
- For full details, see article: Choosing Weather Station
In order to see personal weather stations in your area, you will have to toggle on Show Personal Weather Stations within the Rachio App (Mobile or Web). This will add PWS stations to the list of Weather Stations in your area.
NOTE: For the most accurate weather data, it's important to select a Preferred Weather Station.
If you do not select a "Preferred Weather Station", then the closest National Weather Station (NWS) will be used by default to provide weather data for your schedules.
PWS Install / Setup
Can I integrate my own weather station?
If you'd simply like to use data from another weather network, this is also an option! Depending on your platform (Mac / PC / Linux ), you may choose to:
- Use the Weathersnoop application to grab data from outside networks, like Weather Underground (Mac only)
- Use scripts (custom code) on github to ship your preferred weather data to PWSweather. ** (PC / Linux)
I'm interested in a Personal Weather Station (PWS). Which ones are compatible with Aeris?
- see article: How do I use my Netatmo with my Rachio?
For other stations, we recommend getting a bridge, or computer software that can send data to the appropriate network (see below).
- see article: How do I setup a PWS with my Rachio?
That being said, a list of weather stations that are recommended for use with PWSWeather.com, a partner website with Aeris, can be found here.
I have a PWS. How can I make sure that it's doing the Rachio any good?
First, make sure that you have the latest location information registered for your Rachio controller. If you had location services turned off when you first set up your Rachio, and just entered your postal code, then we don't have an accurate location. Make sure that location services are turned on for your phone, then login to your Rachio app > Device Settings > Name & Location, then select USE MY CURRENT LOCATION.
Next, make sure that your PWS is sending its weather updates to a source that Aeris accepts. Different PWS software offers different options, but you should look for the ability to send to one of these:
- Aeris Weather
- PWSWeather.com (more information, visit pwsweather.com)
- The CWOP network (more information, visit wqqa.com)
Can you help me with installing my PWS, or with configuring the software for it?
Test & Troubleshoot
* source: wikipedia
** github How-To, coming soon...