I got the rainmachine earlier this year to take advantage of ET data, actual weather data, etc.
I setup each zone with the basic information (type of soil, type of rotor, sun coverage, slope, plant type, sprinkler type - I did not do water flow or area, plan on doing these but haven't gotten there yet) and setup a schedule with half the lawn being watered on odd days and half being watered on even days. The first couple months of the season have been quite wet and the rainmachine was scheduling watering events even when the lawn was quite wet (and I was using 3 weather sources that were pretty accurate - darksky, NOAA, and WU via a personal weather station).
To try and adjust the watering time I added a little bit to the field capacity of various zones (20% for most and a little more for zones that get really wet).
Now I'm not sure if this is because of the increase to field capacity, but I'm experiencing a bunch of weird scheduled watering times. Here are some examples:
One of the days this week is showing an ET that is 20% less than average, but with a watering time that is 160% the set time (and there is watering during most all/days that week).
Two consecutive days with the same ET and no percipation - one day with less than 100% watering and one with more than 100%.(program with zones that have larger field capacity actually water less than 100%).
I'm running the most recent beta firmware as an FYI.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have the feeling that I may need to edit a different value to properly adjust watering time after rain, but maybe this has nothing to do with that. thanks!
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