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March 3, 2013 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

March 3, 2013

www.bluffparkbackporch.com

Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch:

Last week 1.09  inches of rain fell on BP2 , with a high of 64 and a low of 30.
–    2013, Year-to-Date: 
11.7  inches of rain fell on BP2 , with a high of 70 and a low of 23.

“THIS WEEKWeather will be seasonal for this time of year 0.75″ of rain is forecast for Tuesday.  67 is the forecast high and 30 is the forecast low.
–     “Lots of meteorological spring hitting the windshield on Saturday.”  I feel betrayed by the ground hog?
–    With the forecast rain for Tuesday > “it pays to expect the unexpected so check your local weather source to make sure there are no surprises.

“ALABAMA SHAKES: For the second straight day, there was a magnitude 2.7 earthquake in Walker County. This one occurred about 9:30 Saturday morning and was centered just west southwest of Jasper.”  The Saturday quake was located about 2.4 miles down, so that excludes grandpa’s coal mine.



Elemental Mineral Guest
:

This week, we will look at the transitional metal, #40, Zr on the left side of the periodic table.

–    “Zr is a lustrous, greyish-white, soft, ductile and malleable metal which is solid at room temperature.”
–   ” Zr is mainly used as a refractory and opacifier, although it is used in small amounts as an alloying agent for its strong resistance to corrosion.”

What is it?   Z _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .


 

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

Sunday March 3
Sunny but cool.
Afternoon High 47
Wind: NW 10-15 mph    Sun percentage: 80%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Monday March 4
Clouds increasing by late in the day.  Chance of an overnight shower.
Morning Low 30   Afternoon High 61
Wind: SE/S 7-15 mph    Sun percentage: 60%    Hours of rain: 1
Rain potential: 0.10″    Severe weather threat: None
T-Storms_Icon Tuesday March 5
Showers and thunderstorms becoming likely.
Morning Low 50  Afternoon High 65
Wind: S/SW 10-18 mph    Sun percentage: 10%    Hours of rain: 4
Rain potential: 0.75″    Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Wednesday March 6
Breezy and chilly with low clouds hanging in there.
Morning Low 32  Afternoon High 48
Wind: NW 10-18 mph    Sun percentage: 35%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Thursday March 7
Plenty of sunshine. A mild afternoon.
Morning Low 32   Afternoon High 58
Wind: N 7-14 mph    Sun percentage: 80%    Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″    Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Friday March 8
Partly cloudy and mild.
Morning Low 36 Afternoon High 64
Wind: SE 6-14 mph Sun percentage: 70% Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″ Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Saturday March 9
Partly cloudy and mild.
Morning Low 42 Afternoon High 67
Wind: SE 6-14 mph Sun percentage: 70% 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/march-weather/346630?monyr=3/1/2013


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

Interactive Periodic Table



Zirconium
is one of the elemental guests this week.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zirconium

Images of Zirconium
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=ytff1-sunm&sz=all&va=zirconium

>    The principal commercial source of zirconium is the silicate mineral, zircon (ZrSiO4),[4]

Images of Zircon
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=ytff1-sunm&sz=all&va=zircon

Images of Cubic Zirconia = CZ, Zirconium Oxide, a Man-made gemstone
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=ytff1-sunm&sz=all&va=cubic+zirconia


>    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

CZ, Cubic Zirconia Gemstone Ring, Man-Made

CZ, Cubic Zirconia Gemstone Ring, Man-Made

CZ, Cubic Zirconia Gemstone, Man-Made

CZ, Cubic Zirconia Gemstone, Man-Made

CZ, Cubic Zirconia Gemstones, Man-Made

CZ, Cubic Zirconia Gemstones, Man-Made

Singida- Zircon Gemstone, Uncut

Singida- Zircon Gemstone, Uncut

Zircon birthstone-Blue

Zircon birthstone-Blue

Zircon Crystal on Calcite, Pakistan

Zircon Crystal on Calcite, Pakistan

Zircon Crystal on Matrix, Afghanistan

Zircon Crystal on Matrix, Afghanistan

Zircon Crystal on Matrix, Norway

Zircon Crystal on Matrix, Norway

Zircon Crystal, Ontario

Zircon Crystal, Ontario

Zircon Gemstone, 20.1c.,$2.3k

Zircon Gemstone, 20.1c.,$2.3k

Zircon Gemstone-Pink

Zircon Gemstone-Pink

Zircon Gemstone-yellow

Zircon Gemstone-yellow

Zircon, Gemstone-White, 5.0 c.,$500

Zircon, Gemstone-White, 5.0 c.,$500

Zircon, Rose Gemstone Ring, 5.8c.

Zircon, Rose Gemstone Ring, 5.8c.

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