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November 11, 2012 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

November 11, 2012

Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch:

Semper Fi! to all Marines since November 10, 1775.

Thanks Vets for your service, November 11, 2012.

Last week 0.40 inches of rain fell on BP2.

>    Forecast for next week has a low of 34 for Wednesday and a high of 65 for Saturday.  A cold front will be approaching Northwest Alabama by early Monday morning. A line of showers and storms will reach the northwest corner of the state before sunrise tomorrow.  0.50: is forecast for Metro Birmingham, AL

Elemental Mineral Guest:

Our elemental guess this week has an atomic number of 25.

–   This element is a silvery-gray metal that resembles iron. It is hard and very brittle, difficult to fuse, but easy to oxidize.[1]

–    This element is an important industrial metal alloy, including stainless steel.
–    It is used as rust and corrosion prevention on steel.
–    An oxide of this metal is used as the cathode (electron acceptor) material in zinc-carbon and alkaline batteries.
–    The element is a required trace mineral for all known living organisms.
–    It is used as an additive in unleaded gasoline to boost octane rating and reduce engine knocking.

What is it?  M _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .

Weather Guesses

What Is A Significant Weather Advisory?

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

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

Metro Birmingham.  Compliments of ABC3340

Sunday November 11
Mostly sunny and mild. Clouds on the increase by evening.
Afternoon High 72
Wind: SE 8-18 mph    Sun percentage: 70%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Monday November 12
A good chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will fall though out the day.
Morning Low 58   Afternoon High 61
Wind: SW/W 12-22 mph    Sun percentage: 30%    Hours of rain: 1
Rain potential: 0.50″    Severe weather threat: None
Tuesday November 13
Morning clouds should give way to afternoon sun. Much cooler.
Morning Low 35   Afternoon High 57
Wind: NW 10-20 mph    Sun percentage: 60%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Wednesday November 14
Expect patchy frost. Lots of sunshine, still cool.
Morning Low 34   Afternoon High 59
Wind: NE 5-10 mph    Sun percentage: 95%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Thursday November 15
More sun than clouds. A little warmer.
Morning Low 38   Afternoon High 61
Wind: SE 5-10 mph    Sun percentage: 85%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Friday November 16
Partly sunny and milder.
Morning Low 42 Afternoon High 64
Wind: SE 5-10 mph   Sun percentage: 75% Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″ Severe weather threat: None
Saturday November 17
Partly cloudy and mild.
Morning Low 43 Afternoon High 65
Wind: SE 5-10 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

Manganese is the elemental guest this week.

Images of Manganese

Images of Manganese Minerals

>    Images, Scroll down for Image Web Sites.

Manganese occurs principally as pyrolusite (MnO2), braunite, (Mn2+Mn3+6)(SiO12),[20]  (Ba,H2O)2Mn5O10, and to a lesser extent as rhodochrosite (MnCO3).

Metal Prices

Base Metals:


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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