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January 27, 2013 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

January 27, 2013

www.bluffparkbackporch.com

Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch:

Last week 0.15 inches of rain fell on BP2 , with a high of 67 and a low of 24.

This Week’s Forecast for Central Alabama:  Another interesting of clashing air masses aimed at Wednesday.  Hi of 71 is forecast for Tuesday along with the moist that will stir the pot for Wednesday.  Low of 26 is forecast for Saturday.

>    CAUTION Severe thunderstorms possible late Tuesday Night into Wednesday. Click for more information.    Tuesday through Wednesday rainfall is forecast at around 1.25 inches
*    Stay tuned to your local weather source for conditions in your area.

Elemental Mineral Guest
:

This week, we will wander around in the Post Transitional Elements, Nos. 31-49-50, on the right side of the periodic table.  Important metals for sure, but not very glitzy or photogenic.

What are they?  G _ _ _ _ _ _ , I _ _ _ _ _ , T _ _ .


Weather Guesses

Alabama All Weather Hazards Awareness:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/bmx/aware/swaw_2011/web_version2.pdf

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

Partly_Cloudy_Icon Sunday January 27
A really nice Sunday. Clouds increasing by evening.
Afternoon High 62
Wind: SE 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 75%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Mostly_Cloudy_Icon Monday January 28
Increasing sunshine by afternoon.  Very mild.
Morning Low 49   Afternoon High 65
Wind: S 7-14 mph    Sun percentage: 65%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Mostly_Cloudy_Icon Tuesday January 29
Mostly cloudy.  Very warm. Thunderstorms developing to our west.
Morning Low 54  Afternoon High 71
Wind: S 8-16 mph    Sun percentage: 45%    Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″    Severe weather threat: None
T-Storms_Icon Wednesday January 30
Showers and thunderstorms likely.
Morning Low 55    Afternoon High 66
Wind: S/SW 10-20 mph    Sun percentage: 20%    Hours of rain: 3
Rain potential: 1.00″    Severe weather threat: Slight
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Thursday January 31
Colder. Morning clouds should give way to afternoon sun.
Morning Low 33  Afternoon High 47
Wind: NW 7-14 mph    Sun percentage: 65%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Friday February 1
Mostly sunny and cold.
Morning Low 31 Afternoon High 48
Wind: NW 6-12 mph Sun percentage: 85% Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″ Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Saturday February 2
Partly cloudy and cool.
Morning Low 26 Afternoon High 51
Wind: NW/SW 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 75% Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″ Severe weather threat: None

Monthly Forecast by AccuWeather:
http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/birmingham-al/35203/february-weather/346630?monyr=2/1/2013


Minerals and Rocks = “The Good Life from the Ground”
“If it ain’t grown, its got to be mined”

Interactive Periodic Table

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

Images of Gallium
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=ush-mailc&sz=all&va=gallium

>    Gallium is obtained by smelting bauxite (Aluminum) and sphalerite (zinc) ores.

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

Images of Indium
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=ush-mailc&sz=all&va=indium

>    Indium is obtained by smelting zinc ores.

Tin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin

Images of Tin
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=ush-mailc&sz=all&va=tin

Images of Tin Minerals
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=ush-mailc&sz=all&va=tin+minerals

Images of Cassiterite Gemstones
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=ytff1-sunm&va=cassiterite+gemstones

Tin is obtained by mining Cassiterite (SnO2), the tin oxide form of tin, and the less abundant sulfides such as stannite.
Tin extraction and use can be dated to the beginnings of the Bronze Age around 3000 BC.  Bronze is alloy of Copper and tin.

>    Images, Scroll down for Image Web Sites, As Needed.


Metal Prices

Base Metals:  http://www.kitcometals.com/

Gold:  http://www.kitco.com/market/


Enjoy the attached 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

Tin Oxide, Cassiterite Crystals

Tin Oxide, Cassiterite Crystals

Tin Oxide, Cassiterite Gemstone, 2.02 c., E. Africa

Tin Oxide, Cassiterite Gemstone, 2.02 c., E. Africa

Tin Oxide, Cassiterite, Congo

Tin Oxide, Cassiterite, Congo

Tin Sulfide, Stannite

Tin Sulfide, Stannite

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