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November 4, 2012 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

November 4, 2012

Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch:

Last week 0.00 inches of rain fell on BP2.  We did have 0.03″ this morning, just enough to get the grass and sidewalks wet.

>    The temperature range for metro Birmingham will range from a low 41 to a high of 67 for this week.  70% Chance of some type of showers on Tuesday.

Elemental Mineral Guest:

Our elemental guess this week has an atomic number of 24.

–    It is a steely-gray, lustrous, hard metal that takes a high polish and has a high melting point.
–    It is also odorless, tasteless, and malleable.
–    Many of its compounds are intensely colored.
–    Applications include strong-corrosion resistant metals, as in stainless steel, dyes and pigments, wood preservative, tanning, refractory materials, catalysts, and other uses.
–    In appropriate quantities it is a health hazard and a carcinogen.

What is it?  C _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .

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 November 4
More clouds than sun. Showers and storms may refire south of I-20.
Afternoon High 69
Wind: W/NW 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 30%    Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.15″    Severe weather threat: None
Monday November 5
More sun in the morning. Clouds return, maybe some evening showers.
Morning Low 42   Afternoon High 64
Wind: N 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 55%    Hours of rain: 3/4
Rain potential: 0.15″    Severe weather threat: None
Tuesday November 6
Morning clouds, slight chance of a shower or two.  Late clearing.
Morning Low 46  Afternoon High 62
Wind: NE 6-14 mph    Sun percentage: 40%    Hours of rain: 1/4
Rain potential: 0.10″    Severe weather threat: None
Wednesday November 7
A cool start with abundant sunshine.
Morning Low 42  Afternoon High 62
Wind: NW 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 85%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Thursday November 8
A chilly start.  Just a few afternoon clouds.
Morning Low 39   Afternoon High 66
Wind: N 5-10 mph    Sun percentage: 80%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Friday November 9
A beautiful end to the week.
Morning Low 45   Afternoon High 68
Wind: SE 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 85% Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″ Severe weather threat: None
Saturday November 10
Partly cloudy and mild.
Morning Low 45 Afternoon High 72
Wind: SE 6-14 mph Sun percentage: 80% 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

Chromium  is the elemental guest this week.

(Note:  Regarding images, the entire site would not load up correctly, so, just scroll down the page to the images section)

Images of Chromium

–    Nearly all chromium is commercially extracted from the single commercially viable ore chromite, which is iron chromium oxide (FeCr2O4).

–    Crocite, PbCrO4, is another attractive chromium mineral that collectors enjoy.

–    Emerald is a variety of the mineral beryl (Be3Al2(SiO3)6) colored green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium.[2]

–    The red color of Ruby is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium.

Enjoy the attached 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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