How do I select my preferred Weather Station?


This article explains how to find the best weather data for your area.


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. Based on the geolocation of your home, the app (mobile or web) will provide a list of the closest official stations as well as personal weather stations (PWS).

Find & Select Weather Stations 

Through the "More" tab on your Rachio app, select "Controller Settings", then choose "Weather Intelligence" or "Weather Intelligence Plus" (depending on your controller's generation).

1) Viewing Stations

Select the weather station listed under "Weather Data Source." 

The Weather Station menu will open and display available weather stations in your area will (listed based on distance from your home).


2) Select a Weather Station

Each station ID will be indicated by four capitalized letters. In the example above we have selected station KBJC.

3) Access Personal Weather Stations (optional)

To see personal weather stations in your area, you can toggle on "Use Personal Weather Station (PWS)". This will add PWS stations to the list of Weather Stations in your area. They can be identified by their prefix, which indicates where the weather data is being provided from; for example: "MID_" = & or "PWS_" =


If you select "More Info" for a station, you'll be redirected to weather reports for the station: (example shows KBKF, from above)

What if I cannot see the map on the mobile app?

Having trouble spotting your weather station? For a larger display, access your account using our web app. This map is interactive, so you can zoom in and out to get a feel for where every station is. You can also select the station that you want by clicking the map. Simply click on the station's marker and it will be highlighted.  


How can I tell what weather stations are closest to my home?

Haven't purchased a Rachio yet and want to check out the weather stations we might use to run Weather Intelligence checks on your controller? Take a look below!

Rachio 3

  1. Head to WeatherUnderground

    This is our weather forecasting partner. 

  2. Search your area

    In the search box on the top right, search for your area or click "Find Nearest Station"

  3. Browse

    Take a look at the data the nearest weather station is providing and decide if that matches what you're experiencing at your home. You can also look at other stations by clicking "Change" and reviewing other stations in your area. 

Generation 2

  1. Head to PWS Weather

    This is our weather forecasting partner. 

  2. Search your area

    In the top right corner of the header image, click "View The Station Map"

  3. Browse

    Search for your area by zooming into the map and finding the nearest weather stations to your area. 

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