Last week, all the weather reports indicated that a large snow storm was imminent, and bearing down on us over the weekend. We were told to expect up to a foot of snow and ice over the course of the day on Sunday. When the snow started to fall mid-morning, my son’s Youth League team’s basketball game (scheduled for noon) was cancelled, as were a great many recreational events around town. Not everyone decided to cancel scheduled events, and, as a result, a fine young man’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor that I was invited to was not as well-attended as it should have been. I feel especially bad about that, because I was among the invited guests who erred on the side of caution and decided not to brave the elements. In my defense, there are some hills and curves along the route I’d have taken that are particularly troublesome when wet (or frozen) and it was sleeting at a pretty good clip at the time I’d have had to leave the house. Still, by the time it was over, the conditions hadn’t panned out nearly as bad as we had been led to believe.
Some could argue that the meteorologists, like me, were erring on the side of safety. Others were more cynical: They took a lot of ribbing on social media and local talk radio about being in cahoots with the grocery stores, who, according to some of the more colorful theories, they had partnered with in order to move an enormous amount of bread, milk, and canned goods off the shelves in a short amount of time.
I want to think that they honestly did the best they could, with the data available to them. I don’t know much at all about meteorology, but it seems to be much too imprecise of a science for my taste…I’m much more comfortable using our test data – some of which I’ve collected myself – to determine the most suitable compressed air product for a particular application. In cases where we can’t quantify an answer using air flow, velocity, force, heat transfer, etc. data, EXAIR has an extensive Application Database (registration required) with over 1,000 published success stories to draw from. If it’s not in there (yet…we add to this a few times a week), EXAIR offers a 30 Day Unconditional Guarantee: we invite you to put any catalog product through its paces for up to a month. We’ll work with you as much as you want in order to make it a successful application (and our track record is pretty impressive, just so you know.) In the end, though, if you’re not completely satisfied, we’ll arrange return for full credit, just like that.
I won’t say I’ve never been disappointed when we just couldn’t find a solution, but I’ve always been glad to have tried. If you’ve got an application involving compressed air that you’re willing to give us a shot at, we’d love to hear from you. We can’t tell you anything about the weather, though…
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