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September 3, 2012 Weekly and Mineral Guess

September 4, 2012
www.bluffparkbackporch.comGreetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch:Last week 0.25 inches of rain fell on BP2.

This weather watcher sure fell asleep at the switch today, so far 0.93inches of rain with more showers and thunderstorms forecast for tonight and a good chance on Tuesday.

Elemental Mineral Guest:

Our elemental guess this week has an atomic number of 14 and is a tetravalent metalloid.

–    Over 90% of the Earth’s crust is composed of silicate minerals, making silicon the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust (about 28% by mass) after oxygen.[7]
–    It goes into Portland cement for mortar and stucco, concrete, ceramics, soda-lime glass, silicon carbide, silicones, fumed silica, and integrated circuits.
–    Examples of silicate minerals include quartz, agate amethyst, rock crystal, chalcedony, flint, jasper, and opal. and amphiboles, pyroxenes, mica, and feldspar .
–    Rocks include granite and sandstone.

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

Monday September 3
Occasional showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon and tonight.
Afternoon High 83
Wind: SW 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 55%   Hours of rain: 2
Rain potential: 0.45″    Severe weather threat: Slight
Tuesday September 4
A good chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Morning Low 73    Afternoon High 88
Wind: SW 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 40%    Hours of rain: 2
Rain potential: 0.50″    Severe weather threat: None
Wednesday September 5
Partly sunny. Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms.
Morning Low 72    Afternoon High 90
Wind: SW 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 60%    Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.30″    Severe weather threat: None
Thursday September 6
A bit hotter. A few thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.
Morning Low 72    Afternoon High 92
Wind: SW 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 60%    Hours of rain: 3/4
Rain potential: 0.30″    Severe weather threat: None
Friday September 7
Partly sunny.  Scattered, mostly afternoon, thunderstorms.
Morning Low 72   Afternoon High 92
Wind: SW 6-12 mph Sun percentage: 55% Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.30″ Severe weather threat: None
Saturday September 8
Not as hot. Showers and thunderstorms increase.
Morning Low 71 Afternoon High 85
Wind: N 7-14 mph Sun percentage: 45% Hours of rain: 1
Rain potential: 0.60″ Severe weather threat: None
Sunday September 9
Cooler, breezy and less humid. Few, if any, thunderstorms.
Morning Low 63 Afternoon High 81
Wind: N 10-15 mph Sun percentage: 75% Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″ 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

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


Images of Silicon Uses

https://www.google.com/search?q=images+of+silicon+uses&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=nhK&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=zB9FUM_sLomc8QStiYC4Aw&ved=0CCAQsAQ&biw=986&bih=533

Silicon Minerals
https://www.google.com/search?q=silicon+minerals&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=GOf&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=FCBFUPM-gcr2BLPBgJgG&ved=0CGAQsAQ&biw=986&bih=533

Another load of pretty rocks to chose from.

Enjoy the attached pictures.

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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