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August 5, 2012 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

August 5, 2012

www.bluffparkbackporch.com

Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch:

Last week 4.29 inches of rain fell on BP2.

This Week:  Monday and Tuesday should have a better than average chance for showers.  But, then it is back to normal for this time of year

Elemental Mineral Guest:

We will have to skip atomic number 10, Neon Gas.  It is extremely rare on earth.  Our atmosphere is the source of neon gas.

Our elemental guess this week has an atomic number of 11.
–    It is a soft, silvery-white, highly reactive metal and is a member of the alkali metals.
–    When it combines with other elements and gases, we eat it every day.
–    It is used to light our streets.
–    It is used in used in our nuclear reactors to keep them cool.
–    And a whole wash tub or other processes and chemicals that make the modern life possible.

What is it?  S _ _ _ _ _.


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 August 5
Partly sunny and hot.  About a 50/50 chance of showers and storms.
Afternoon High 92
Wind: SE 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 60%  Hours of rain: 3/4
Rain potential: 0.35″ Severe weather threat: None
Monday August 6
Partly sunny.  Still decent chance of thunderstorms.
Morning Low 72   Afternoon High 91
Wind: E 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 55% Hours of rain: 3/4
Rain potential: 0.45″ Severe weather threat: None
Tuesday August 7
Partly cloudy.  A few thunderstorms.
Morning Low 72   Afternoon High 92
Wind: SE 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 60% Hours of rain: 3/4
Rain potential: 0.35″ Severe weather threat: None
Wednesday August 8
Partly cloudy.  A chance of thunderstorm.
Morning Low 73   Afternoon High 91
Wind: SE 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 65% Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″ Severe weather threat: None
Thursday August 9
Partly cloudy. Chance of a thunderstorm, mainly in the afternoon.
Morning Low 72 Afternoon High 91
Wind: SE 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 65% Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″ Severe weather threat: None
Friday August 10
Partly cloudy.  Isolated PM storms.
Morning Low 72 Afternoon High 91
Wind: SW 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 70% Hours of rain: 1/4
Rain potential: 0.15″ Severe weather threat: None
Saturday August 11
Partly cloudy.  Slight chance of a PM storms.
Morning Low 72 Afternoon High 92
Wind: SW 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 75% Hours of rain: 1/4
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

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

Sodium Minerals include feldspars, sodalite, and rock salt.  Other sources are cryolite, natron, amphiboles, and zeolites.

Images of Sodium Minerals
https://www.google.com/search?q=Images+of+Sodium+minerals&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=vCB&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=fv0eUNmOCJGO8wSdjoE4&ved=0CEQQsAQ&biw=986&bih=533

Enjoy the attached pictures.


Minerals in the News

Sodumene > Lithium
http://geology.com/minerals/spodumene.shtml

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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