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July 29, 2012 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

July 29, 2012

www.bluffparkbackporch.com

Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch:

Last week 0.06 inches of rain fell on BP2.

This Week:  Highs in the 90’s with lows in the 70’s,  Minor possibility of storms throughout the week.

Elemental Mineral Guest:
Our elemental guess this week has an atomic number of 9.
–    It is the lightest member of the halogen column of the periodic table.
–    It is extremely reactive and must be handled carefully.  With that said, it is used in Lipitor, Prozac, tooth paste, and dental care.
–    It is used in refrigerant gases > AC, Fridges, Freezers.
–    It is used in electrical insulation, “Scotch Guard”, and “Gore Tex”.
–    And a whole wash tub or other processes and chemicals that make the modern life possible.

What is it?  F _ _ _ _ _ _ _.


Weather Guesses

Tips to Handle Extreme Heat
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/?n=sps_heat2010

What Is A Significant Weather Advisory?
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/?n=outreach_sps

Flood Warnings, Watches, Advisories:  What Do They Mean?
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/?n=outreach_flw

Alabama Drought Statement by NWS
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/?n=drought_statement

SE USA Tropical Weather Site by NWS (It is that time of year for Tropical Stuff)
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/tropicalwx/tropical.php

NWS, Huntsville, AL:            http://www.srh.noaa.gov/hun/
NWS, Birmingham, AL:        http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/
NWS, Mobile, AL:                   http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mob/

Metro Birmingham.  Compliments of ABC3340
http://www.alabamawx.com/?page_id=31752

Sunday July 29
Partly sunny and hot.  Chance of a storm south of Montgomery.
Afternoon High 95
Wind: NW 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 70%    Hours of rain: 1/4
Rain potential: 0.15″    Severe weather threat: None
Monday July 30
Partly sunny, hot and humid.  Watch for a storm complex from the northwest.
Morning Low 72    Afternoon High 96
Wind: NW 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 70%    Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″    Severe weather threat: None
Tuesday July 31
Partly sunny and not quite as hot.  Round of storms possible.
Morning Low 74   Afternoon High 93
Wind: NW 5-10 mph    Sun percentage: 55%    Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″    Severe weather threat: None
Wednesday August 1
Partly cloudy.  Another round of storms possible.
Morning Low 75    Afternoon High 92
Wind: W 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 50%    Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.30″    Severe weather threat: None
Thursday August 2
Partly sunny.  A chance of a shower or storm.
Morning Low 73    Afternoon High 93
Wind: SW 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 60%    Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″    Severe weather threat: None
Friday August 3
Partly cloudy. A slight chance of a shower or storm.
Morning Low 74 Afternoon High 95
Wind: SW 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 65% Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.20″ Severe weather threat: None
Saturday August 4
Partly cloudy. A chance of a shower or storm.
Morning Low 74 Afternoon High 97
Wind: NW 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 70% Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.15″ Severe weather threat: None


Minerals and Rocks = “The Good Life from the Ground”

“If it ain’t grown, its got to be mined”

Interactive Periodic Table

http://www.ptable.com/

Fluorine  is the elemental guest this week.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorine

Minerals of Fluorine

  • Fluorite (CaF2), also called fluorspar or Blue John, is the main source of commercial fluorine. Fluorite is a colorful mineral associated with hydrothermal deposits. It is common and found worldwide. China supplies more than half of the world’s demand; Mexico is the second-largest producer. The United States produced most of the world’s fluorite in the early 20th century, but the last mine, in Illinois, shut down in 1995. Canada also exited production in the 1990s. The United Kingdom has declining fluorite mining and has been a net importer since the 1980s.[52][53][54][55]

  • Fluorapatite (Ca5(PO4)3F) is mined along with other apatites for its phosphate content and is used mostly for production of fertilizers. Most of the Earth’s fluorine is bound in this mineral, but because the percentage within the mineral is low (3.5%), the fluorine is discarded as waste. Only in the United States is there significant recovery. There the hexafluorosilicates produced as byproducts are used to supply municipal water fluoridation.[52]

  • Cryolite (Na3AlF6) is the least abundant of the three, but is a concentrated source of fluorine. It was formerly used directly in aluminium production. However, the main commercial mine, on the west coast of Greenland, closed in 1987.[52]

  • The gemstone Topaz contain fluorine.

Images of Fluorine Minerals
https://www.google.com/search?q=Pictures+of+Fluorine+Minerals&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=nVT&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=mIQRUJKwMYim8gSpn4GwDw&ved=0CEQQsAQ&biw=986&bih=533

Enjoy the attached pictures.


Minerals in the News

Whats hot or cool in the Gem Market:
http://e2.ma/webview/y13uc/85707fe31709472653b37a99a8802e3a#vincent

Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Palladium Prices:
http://www.kitco.com/market/

Base Metal Prices
http://www.kitcometals.com/


Have A Good Week!
Randy/Randall

Randall McDaniel, PG, CPESC
“Your Rock Doctor”
The Basic Company, LLC
320 Cambo Lane
Hoover, AL 35226-1414
Office: (205) 823-0501
Cell: (205) 276-6650
alrockdoc@bellsouth.net
Web: www.bluffparkbackporch.com

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