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recent change from rainfall prior 24 hours to rainfall 12am to 11pm

Joe Christy Apr 12, 2017 11:54AM PDT

The recent update to the app which caused Storm's reporting of the rainfall for the prior 24 hours to reset at midnight is causing some problems. Moreover, it appears to be a server-side error of intent.

First of all, it appeared that if I were interested in recording the rainfall for a 24 hour period, I would have to be monitoring the app as the seconds tick down to midnight.

Since I have never been alert enough at that hour to do so, I went to the online data portal where I discovered something interesting. When I look at the graphs, even for nights when it has rained continuously throughout the night, the graphs of accumulated rainfall dip every night from 11pm to midnight, and both the slider on the graph and the table always show that the accumulated rainfall at midnight is 0.

Could I suggest that Bloomsky make it a priority to fix this, please?

Personally I would prefer that the graph and the app show how much rainfall has accumulated in the 24 hours prior to the time when I am actually looking at the app or graph. That would harmonize Storm with my practice with my old school analog rain gauge: I record the rainfall and the time when I empty it.
Now indulge me, for I am a mathematician, when I point out that that would mean that the graph in the data portal would have to display a certain symmetry. When the rain stops, the accumulated rain for the prior 24 hours will have maximum. Thereafter, until the rain starts to fall again, the graph would look like the graph for the previous 24 hours, turned upside down and translated upwards to the most recent maximum, when the rain stopped. This is because while rain isn't falling, the accumulated rain is decreasing at precisely the rate at which it was accumulating 24 hours earlier.

If you want to stick with calendar days in local time, I would imagine that an easy fix would be to place the recording on the rainfall accumulation before the zeroing of the accumulator in the code. That would at least not discard the rain that accumulates between 11pm and midnight.

PS my station is named "Ringtail Creek".

Thanks.

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Nick Apr 13, 2017 06:29PM PDT BloomSky Agent

Hey Joe,

Thanks so much for the feedback. I am going to forward this to the guys in back immediately.

Nick

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