Native Integration through the Rachio App
You can use weather data from your Tempest System to be even more efficient with your watering. The Tempest System is compatible with the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller through a native integration within the Rachio app.
To use Tempest as your Rachio controller’s weather source, follow these steps:
- Complete initial setup of your Tempest System (Tempest Quick Start Guide)
- Make sure the Rachio app has the latest update
- Choose "Add a Device"
Choose the “Tempest” on the “Type of Device Screen”
Enter the Code (available to customers who purchased on the device Rachio.com)
The Tempest connects and is displayed on the “Devices” screen
Choose the controller to connect the Tempest Weather System
Users can check the “Weather Source” setting in the app to see the station connected
Controllers that are on the account and near the station will automatically connect to it
Controllers added to the account in the future can manually select the station through More tab > Controller Settings > Weather Intelligence
Visit the Rachio help center for more instructions on how to integrate Tempest with your Rachio Controller.
If you need a Rachio Controller integration code, please contact us for information on how to receive one.
Integration through IFTTT
IFTTT (If This Then That) is a free and easy way to do more with data from your Tempest System. Link your Tempest account to IFTTT and use your weather data to trigger actions with your Rachio controller based on wind, rain and temperature measurements.
Visit the Tempest/Rachio IFTTT connection page to activate the rain delay, wind skip, freeze skip or freeze activate IFTTT applets. Or create your own applets using the ingredients and actions available in the Tempest & Rachio services! For example, set up a custom high temperature trigger for an extra watering cycle.
Mounting the Tempest to use with your Rachio Controller
Check out the Siting & Installation Guide for instructions on mounting your Tempest sensor device outdoors. We recommend installing the Tempest unit on a stable surface or pole, free of vibrations and at a height of around 6ft above the ground for ideal rain, wind and temperature measurements.
- If you're using IFTTT, check the applet activity and note whether or not triggers are firing.
- Note from Rachio: If you are a Gen 1 or Gen 2 user, make sure you have accepted the free Weather Intelligence Plus upgrade. You can learn more about the free upgrade by reviewing this article.
Troubleshooting Tempest Measurements & Data
- See Troubleshooting Measurements and Data for information on Tempest device measurements.
Contact the Tempest support team for assistance if you're having any trouble with your Tempest Weather System or have questions on the data, accuracy or integrations.