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October 21, 2012 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

October 21, 2012

Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch:

Last week 1.85 inches of rain fell on BP2.
Weather Watching can be a fickle event.  Monday night around midnight, it was supposed to be a low key event, but it yielded a good lightning display and 1.37″ of rain, while Thursday night had some potential for significant weather, it rained around 0.48″ of rain and I think I slept through that one.  But the Thursday night event was proceeded with tornadoes in Mississippi and Tennessee, but fizzled out when it crossed into Alabama.

>    Perfect Weather Warning for Today.

>    This week’s weather appears to be nice with temperatures ranging from 54 to 81 and sunny.  Saturday has the potential for some type of rain.

Elemental Mineral Guest:

Our elemental guess this week has an atomic number of 22.

–    It has a low density and is a strong, lustrous, corrosion-resistant transition metal with a silver color.
–    It has many applications in the aerospace, military, and aviation industries.
–    It is also used in many industrial processes, automotive, agr-foods, medical, dental, sporting goods, jewelry, mobile phones, and other applications.
–    Oh, and paints, toothpaste, paper, and plastics.
–    It’s melting point is around 3,000 degrees F.
–    Should we mention that is makes up most of the body or the SR-71, Black Bird?  Plus the F-100 Super Sabre, and the Soviet Union’s Alpha and Mike Class submarines.
–    And yes, you have flow in it as the Boeing 737 and 747, as well as the Air Bus 320, 330, and 340.
–    What about Apple Computer’s Power Book Lines, Smith-Wesson Revolver Frames, Titanium Mobil Devices, And Watches.
–    It is present in most igneous rocks and in sediments derived from them.

What is it?  T _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .

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 October 21
Sunny with a few patches of high clouds.
Afternoon High 76
Wind: SE 5-10 mph    Sun percentage: 90%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Monday October 22
Another great day with lots of sunshine.
Morning Low 50   Afternoon High 79
Wind: SE 5-10 mph    Sun percentage: 95%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Tuesday October 23
Mostly sunny and warm.  Just a few high clouds.
Morning Low 52   Afternoon High 80
Wind: SE 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 90%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Wednesday October 24
A few afternoon clouds. Continued warm.
Morning Low 54    Afternoon High 81
Wind: S 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 80%   Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Thursday October 25
More sun than clouds.
Morning Low 58   Afternoon High 80
Wind: SE 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 70%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Friday October 26
Partly cloudy.  Slight chance of a shower or storm.
Morning Low 57 Afternoon High 79
Wind: W/NW 6-14 mph Sun percentage: 60% Hours of rain: 1/4
Rain potential: 0.10″ Severe weather threat: None
Saturday October 20
Partly sunny. A chance of showers and storms.
Morning Low 58 Afternoon High 76
Wind: SW 6-12 mph Sun percentage: 50% Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.20″ 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

Titanium  is the elemental guest this week.

Images of Titanium

It is widely distributed and occurs primarily in the minerals anatase, brookite, ilmenite, perovskite, rutile and titanite (sphene).[14] Of these minerals, only rutile and ilmenite have economic importance, yet even they are difficult to find in high concentrations.

Anatase:    Titanium Oxide.
Brookite:    Titanium Oxide.
Ilmenite:     Iron-Titanium Oxide.
Perovskite:    Calcium-Titanium Oxide.
Rutile:            Titanium Oxide.
Titanite (Spene):    Calcium-Titanium Silicate

Images of Titanium Minerals

Enjoy the attached pictures.

Much time was spent with the pictures trying to avoid proprietary and copyrighted pictures.

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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