Saturday, May 17, 2008

Tips for pumping gas

untrue or true?
1. Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening .... your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A one degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

2. When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

3. One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

4. Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Signs of a Tornado

1. Watch for strong, persistent rotation in the clouds.
2. Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base. Sometimes tornadoes do not have a funnel.
3. Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy rain and cannot be seen.
4. Day or night a loud continuous roar or rumble that doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder.
5 At night you can see small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm means's that power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, could indicate a tornado.

May 13th meeting

At the May 13th meeting we had guest speaker Melvin Potter, Director of Pott. County Emergency 911 Systems. We heard about 911 systems and how they work as well as how Shawnee reacts to storms and when they will blow the alert horn. Very, Very interesting. We also found out where all the storm cellars are in Shawnee and when to go to them. We have talked to the church about becoming an official storm cellar for Shawnee, that would be great if it happens.

Julie Thompson was appointed by members and is now 'President of the Westside Neighborhood Watch' until the election in October. She has some great ideas that she talked about last night on the future of the watch and how to make it grow. So I feel it's time to get behind your president.

The first change is the start of the Westside Neighborhood Watch Strollers. This starts on the 19th of May. We will meet at the church 7pm and in groups to walk around the neighborhood or as much as you can. I feel this could be a great asset to the safety of the neighborhood. Melvin Potter will be back in June to set your weather radios.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Need Help?

Do you need to find help for housing,food,counseling,financial assistance,child care,health care or want to volunteer for a good cause?
Call Heartline 211 for answers to your questions.
Connects you to community resources that you might need.
Gives you information on how to give or get help.
And is a free and confidential service.

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