Home Community B-Hyve Indoor/Outdoor Timer Weather consistently wrong; Moisture and other updates

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  • #5125
    madskier
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    Hi-

    I have reviewed the weather posted to pwsweather.com for PWS_COCASTL117 which is what I have selected in my bhyve for weather station. When I look at the temperature in the app or the rain values on techsupport.orbitonline.com for my device, what’s in orbit’s system doesn’t resemble what I see on pwsweather.com. For example, on Monday, July 23, the weather station reported 1.25in of rain. Currently, in tech support.orbitonline.com it shows .16 inches for July 23rd. Just looked again and it’s showing no rain at all for July 23rd.

    I believe this error with weather data is at the heart of the inconsistencies I see with all the Smart Watering calculations/estimates/schedules. I can login to tech support look at moisture values (running in the mid 80s). I’ll log out and back in and moisture values will now register as 0% which now the system wants to water like crazy. Twenty minutes later it may report 40% moisture which then generates a different schedule. The whole time the app and the techsupport site never report the temperature that the weather station is reporting through pwsweather.com. I have similar issues with the other weather stations I have tried as well.

    How can I get some consistency – and therefore water usage – that makes sense. I have been fighting this for other a month now without success. My MAC id is 44:67:55:03:14:08 in case you want to look at the setup/firmware.

    On a similar but different topic, can you advise as to when the system recalculates, schedules for the available weather information? Is there a set schedule? I have read that some calcs are performed daily but it isn’t clear when that occurs.

    Thanks for any help you can give me.

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    #5163
    Ryan
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    Hello madskier, Thank you for your feedback we really appreciate it. I’ll be sure to send your feedback up so that a further look can be taken for any corrections to be made. For now to have smart watering water closer to what you’d like it to, you’ll want to make some changes in the watering schedules adjustments page for each zone. Go to Zones> select a zone to start with> Smart Details> Watering Schedule Adjustments is the second to last setting.
    Here you can adjust the runtime, and watering frequency for that zone. They are adjusted using the runtime, and interval adjustment slide bars. Then are displayed above under estimated duration for your runtime adjustments. Then in the calendar under estimated intervals for the interval/frequency adjustments (which shows the number of days between each scheduled watering for each month of the year). Just so you know once you’ve left the watering Schedule Adjustments page your slide bars will revert back to the middle, but adjustments will be made from your previously entered adjustments/changes.

    All data updates/recalculations happen at least everyday at midnight.

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    #5173
    madskier
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    Hi Ryan-

    Thanks for your response. I was trying to get clarification on the times that I can expect the details for weather to be correct. And it sounds like at only midnight. Is that midnight local time??

    As far as the temperature displayed in the app, I’m guessing that is midnight as well.

    Sounds like I should only look at ET/rainfall and other values for the previous day.

    I was expecting more “real-time” especially whenever current rainfall is considered. With the way it works – looking at daily rainfall at midnight – then a rain sensor is absolutely required to avoid watering during the rain. I understand that at midnight it will look back and recalculate which might initiate a rain delay at that point. Unfortunately, in my case, that could be 4 hours after watering began.

    One last question. Are the schedules keep on your servers and then uploaded to the timers? Or do the timers calculate the scheduled and download to your servers? Trying to understand the failure modes if a) my internet is down. B) your servers are down. Or both.

    Thanks

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