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October 21, 2012 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

October 21, 2012

www.bluffparkbackporch.com

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
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 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

http://www.ptable.com/

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

Images of Titanium
https://www.google.com/search?q=Titanium&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=qr1&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvnsa&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=hUOEUK2mG5Ho8wSC3oC4Dw&ved=0CGAQsAQ&biw=986&bih=533

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
https://www.google.com/search?q=Titanium+Minerals&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=wmM&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=U0eEUJ-KDoz09gTctoDICA&ved=0CEYQsAQ&biw=986&bih=533

Enjoy the attached pictures.

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

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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