WeatherAccess™
WeatherAccess™

Weather-based Watering – the Baseline Way

You can conserve water by operating your Baseline irrigation controller in a "smart" mode rather than in a timed mode. Unlike traditional irrigation controllers that operate on a timed schedule, a smart controller actively adjusts its watering schedule based on input from sensors. Smart controllers save water by applying the least amount of water possible to keep the soil moisture content in the root zone at the appropriate levels.

WeatherAccess™ applies real-time weather data from a weather station in your area (available in Weather Underground's weather station network), and configurable zone properties to a standardized evapotranspiration (ET) equation. This calculation estimates the loss of moisture from the root zone, and then the irrigation controller uses the calculated value to adjust the runtime in order to apply just enough water to replace that lost moisture.

When operated in conjunction with BaseManager Plus and WeatherAccess, the BaseStation 1000 and BaseStation 3200 irrigation controllers meet the EPA WaterSense program's water-efficiency and performance criteria. The BaseStation irrigation controllers combine Baseline’s soil moisture sensor-based intelligent watering technology with the industry’s best practices for weather-based irrigation into a single user interface.

In WeatherAccess mode, Baseline irrigation controllers attempt to calculate the loss of moisture from the root zone and adjust the watering schedule accordingly. The controller's ability to accurately adjust runtimes depends on the quality of the weather data and how accurately the following properties are configured for each hydrozone in your landscape:

  • A specific plant type's water needs (known as the "crop coefficient")
  • Root zone depth
  • The plant's microclimate (ranging from full sun to total shade)
  • The application rate of the irrigation method used (spray, rotor, drip, or bubbler)
  • Type of soil at the site (clay, sand, or loam)
  • Slope of landscape (ranging from slight to extreme)

Having a good working knowledge of horticulture, water management, and an understanding of the science behind weather-based watering will help you be successful with WeatherAccess.

IMPORTANT! In order to connect to a weather station and access the configuration fields for weather-based watering, the BaseStation 1000 and BaseStation 3200 irrigation controller must be connected to Baseline's BaseManager central control platform, and you must have a BaseManager Plus account set up.

To get started, review the steps in the WeatherAccess User Manual.

Brochures:

Features of Baseline's BaseStation 1000 Irrigation Controller
Product features and benefits of the BaseStation 3200 smart irrigation controller
Features of Baseline's Central Control product. Compatible with BaseStation 3200 and BaseStation 1000 irrigation controllers

Spec Docs:

Specifications and technical details for BaseManager. This product is compatible with Baseline's BaseStation 3200 and BaseStation 1000 irrigation controllers.
General specification information for Baseline's central control features in Microsoft Word format. Suitable for including in specifier's documentation.
General specification information for Baseline's central control features in Microsoft Word format. This non-proprietary spec does not give the manufacturer's name or the brand name of products, which enables the irrigation designer to specify Baseline products while complying with the requirements in the bidding documents.

Support Docs:

Instructions for setting up WeatherAccess -- Baseline's weather-based watering technology on a BaseStation 1000 or BaseStation 3200 irrigation controller

Advanced Programming:

An overview of WeatherAccess -- Baseline's weather-based watering technology on a BaseStation 1000 or BaseStation 3200 irrigation controller
Describes the methods that can be used to stop or pause irrigation on a Baseline irrigation controller when it is raining

This short video shows how to configure the zone properties in BaseManager for weather-based watering.
This short video shows how to connect a weather station from Weather Underground's network to Baseline's BaseManager so you can use weather data to manage irrigation.
This short video shows how to enable weather-based watering on a BaseStation 1000 irrigation controller through Baseline's BaseManager system
This short video shows how to enable weather-based watering on a BaseStation 3200 irrigation controller through Baseline's BaseManager system