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September 30, 2012 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

September 30, 2012

Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch:

Last week 0.02 inches of rain fell on BP2.

>    Looks like we may have heavy rain forecast for today (Sunday at 100% through the night) and into Monday at 70%.  Thunderstorms increasing in coverage for this afternoon.  Heavy rainfall, 1-3 inches, for tonight and Monday with isolated severe thunderstorms (flooding-damaging winds-isolated tornadoes).  Stay tuned to your local weather source.

The next element, #18, in the periodic table is argon.  Its only source is from our atmosphere and we will not dwell with any minerals.  Argon is used in various types of arc welding such as gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding, as well as in the processing of titanium and other reactive elements. An argon atmosphere is also used for growing crystals of silicon and germanium.

Elemental Mineral Guest:

Our elemental guess this week has an atomic number of 19.  It is alkaline metals.

–    This elements is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system.
–    It is very reactive with water and will cause the liberated hydrogen to ignite.
–    It is incredibly critical as a plant fertilizer.
–    It is the second least dense metal after lithium. It is a soft solid that has a low melting point and can easily be cut with a knife.
–    Granite for example contains 5% of this element,
–    It is found in caves and is/was used to make gun powder.
–    The English name for the element comes from the word “potash“,[28] referring to the method by which potash was obtained – leaching the ash of burnt wood or tree leaves and evaporating the solution in a pot.
–    The main sources of these commercial salts is from ancient (fossil) sea beds and lakes.

What is it?  P _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

Weather Guesses

Tips to Handle Extreme Heat

What Is A Significant Weather Advisory?

Flood Warnings, Watches, Advisories:  What Do They Mean?

Alabama Drought Statement by NWS

SE USA Tropical Weather Site by NWS (It is that time of year for Tropical Stuff)

NWS, Huntsville, AL:  
NWS, Birmingham, AL:
NWS, Mobile, AL:         

Metro Birmingham.  Compliments of ABC3340

Sunday September 30
Rain likely with a chance of storms.
Afternoon High 75
Wind: E/SE 7-15 mph    Sun percentage: 10%    Hours of rain: 6
Rain potential: 2.50″    Severe weather threat: None
Monday October 1
Rain and storms likely in the morning.  Storms diminish during afternoon, but shower chances linger into overnight.
Morning Low 66    Afternoon High 78
Wind: S 10-18 mph    Sun percentage: 40%    Hours of rain: 3
Rain potential: 0.45″    Severe weather threat: Slight
Tuesday October 2
Partly sunny.  A slight chance of a shower.
Morning Low 59    Afternoon High 75
Wind: SW 6-14 mph    Sun percentage: 45%    Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.20″    Severe weather threat: None
Wednesday October 3
Partly cloudy.
Morning Low 53    Afternoon High 80
Wind: SW 5-10 mph    Sun percentage: 75%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Thursday October 4
Mostly sunny.
Morning Low 54    Afternoon High 81
Wind: SW 5-10 mph    Sun percentage: 90%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Friday October 5
Partly cloudy.  Slight chance of a shower.
Morning Low 57   Afternoon High 81
Wind: E 6-12 mph Sun percentage: 65%   Hours of rain: 1/4
Rain potential: 0.10″ Severe weather threat: None
Saturday October 6
Partly cloudy.  A slight chance of a shower.
Morning Low 56  Afternoon High 77
Wind: NW 6-14 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

Potassium  is the elemental guest this week.

Potassium Minerals and Uses Pictures
Enjoy the attached pictures.

(What a search for chlorine based minerals, at least 450 have chlorine in them).

–    Amazonite, Microcline Feldspar, (KAlSi3O8) is an important igneous rock-forming tectosilicate mineral. It is a potassium-rich alkali feldspar.
–    Lopezite, Potassium DiChromate, is a rare red chromate mineral with chemical formula: K2Cr2O7.
–    Jarosite is a basic hydrous sulfate of potassium and iron with a chemical formula of KFe3+3(OH)6(SO4)2.
–    Apophyllite is a phyllosilicate, (K,Na)Ca4Si8O20(F,OH) • , similar to mica.
–    Micas or isinglass or “The Book Rock” is one of my favorite minerals.  It is a potassium sheet silicate.

Have A Good Week!


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

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