I believe that weather station polling (seeking updates on wind and rainfall etc) seems to be occurring randomly between zones. It would be ideal that weather forecast polling occur just prior to running the zone. Or, if the user happens to know when that weather station provides forecast updates, allow the user to manually program the time(s) of day that it polls the weather station. This way, we can avoid watering just after a forecast update showing rain, or change to watering today, just after the forecast it updated to show there is no rain coming.
I have been examining the app weather and history data extensively in hopes that I can switch from a fixed watering schedule to Smart Watering. I recently switched from a commercial weather station to a nearby personal weather station as the commercial one only rarely gave a humidity reading. Perhaps it was only reporting when a manual reading was done. The PWS always report humidity.
It seems that most weather stations that I’ve looked at report as often as every 15 minutes. Haven’t been able to determine exactly when the reading is made that controls rain and wind delays. Hopefully it is the most recent weather reading.
The calendar shows weather for roughly 2 weeks in advance of the current date. The weather data gets updated (it changes!) as time goes on. Unclear to me if this forecast weather has any use in adjusting Smart Watering or implementing delays. Would be nice if the manual expained this.
Does anyone know if Orbit actaully monitors these forums? It seems that there are no offical replies to anything posted here. Also, it looks to me that the app(s) are provided by a contractor, not by Orbit itself. In any event, maybe Orbit should consider making the app “open source” so that dome of these issues could be dealt with by technically competent users within the community.
As far as I understand it the B-Hyve unit queries the weather for the nominated weather station just once, just prior to running a program. It’s only as accurate as that weather station. I have quite a few clients for whom I installed B-Hyve timers and run my own weather station feeding pwsweather.com which is where B-Hyve pulls it’s weather from.