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July 7, 2013 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

July 7, 2013

www.bluffparkbackporch.com

Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch on top of Shades Mountain in Alabama:

It has been a wet-soggy week for most of Alabama:
For the previous week, 1.6 inches of rain fell on BP2 .  The weekly high was 88 and the weekly low was 64.
Notes from the Porch = Dryer died Thursday Morning.  +22 folks for the Fourth > Cut on attic fan with good results.


T
OO MUCH RAIN:
>     Hal Jones, who lives in the southeast corner of Winston County at Smith Lake, reported 14.68″ of rain for the Fourth of July.
21.48″ for Inlet Beach, South Walton Co., FL > for the week.
+ 2 feet of hail, Northern New Mexico with drifts.
>     Picture of Destin, FL water spout, 07-05-13 attached.
ON July 5, 1928: Famous Potter Hailstorm at Potter, Nebraska produced stones as large as 1 ½ pounds that were 17 inches in circumference.  And from 2-5 miles up = death and destruction.

Metro Birmingham Forecast for the New Week:

–     There is a 20% – 50% chance of rain for the week.  Rainfall potential will be from 0.75″ for Sunday to 0.15″ for next Saturday.  Total rainfall potential for the week is 2.9″.
–     Weekly forecast high and low are 87 and 69.  High temperatures will be down for this time of year.


Elemental Mineral Guest:

Our elemental guest this week is one of our all time favorite chemical elements with the symbol Pt and atomic number 78.

–     Pt is a dense, malleable, ductile, precious, gray-white transition metal.
–     Pt is one of the rarest elements in the Earth’s crust
–     Pt is the least reactive metal.
–     Pt is used in catalytic converters, laboratory equipment, electrical contacts and electrodes, platinum resistance thermometers, dentistry equipment, and jewelry.
–     Pt is a major precious metal commodity.
–     Pt occurs in some nickel and copper ores along with some native deposits, mostly in South Africa, which accounts for 80% of the world production.

What is it?  P _ _ 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


Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Sunday July 7
Mostly cloudy.  Scattered showers and storms.
Morning Low 71  Afternoon High 83
Wind: S 8-16 mph    Sun percentage: 35%    Hours of rain: 1 1/2
Rain potential: 0.75″    Severe weather threat: None
Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Monday July 8
Partly sunny.  A few showers and storms form again.
Morning Low 71   Afternoon High 86
Wind: S 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 55%    Hours of rain: 1
Rain potential: 0.50″    Severe weather threat: None
Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Tuesday July 9
Feeling more like summer. Just scattered showers and storms.
Morning Low 71   Afternoon High 87
Wind: S 6-12 mph   Sun percentage: 65%    Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″    Severe weather threat: None
Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Wednesday July 10
A good chance of showers and storms.
Morning Low 72   Afternoon High 86
Wind: S/SW 7-14 mph   Sun percentage: 45%    Hours of rain: 1
Rain potential: 0.50″    Severe weather threat: None
Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Thursday July 11
Showers and thunderstorms likely.
Morning Low 72    Afternoon High 86
Wind: SW 7-14 mph    Sun percentage: 40%    Hours of rain: 1
Rain potential: 0.50″    Severe weather threat: None
Mostly_Cloudy_Icon Friday July 12
Showers ending.
Morning Low 71 Afternoon High 87
Wind: N 6-14 mph Sun percentage: 55% Hours of rain: 3/4
Rain potential: 0.25″ Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Saturday July 13
Partly cloudy. Only isolated PM storms.
Morning Low 69 Afternoon High 86
Wind: N 6-12 mph Sun percentage: 75% Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.15″ Severe weather threat: None



Weather Underground Map for Metro Birmingham (Just wander around the state to pick you closest weather station).
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/?lat=33.24038696&lon=-86.82407379&zoom=10&pin=

Monthly Forecast by AccuWeather:
http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/birmingham-al/35203/may-weather/346630?monyr=5/1/2013

Alabama Climate Data
http://nsstc.uah.edu/alclimate/climate/daily_climate.php


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

Interactive Periodic Table


Palladium, platinum, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium form a group of elements referred to as the platinum group metals (PGMs).

Platinum is our elemental guest this week.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platinum

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

 Platinum Jewelry Images:
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=ytff1-sunm&va=platinum+jewelry


Metal Prices

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

Gold:  http://www.kitco.com/market/

Platinum:  $1,323 per Troy ounce.


Enjoy the attached pictures.

Have A Good Week!

Randy/Randall

Platinum and Ruby Engagement Ring

Platinum and Ruby Engagement Ring

Platinum with Black Diamond and smaller diamonds engagement ring.

Platinum with Black Diamond and smaller diamonds engagement ring.

Platinum.  Automobile Catalytic Converter

Platinum. Automobile Catalytic Converter

Platinum and Ruby Ring with Diamonds

Platinum and Ruby Ring with Diamonds

Platinum Nugget, 112 grams.

Platinum Nugget, 112 grams.

Platinum Nuggets

Platinum Nuggets

One litre of 99% pure Platinum.

One litre of 99% pure Platinum.

Platinum Proof Coin, Obv., 2005

Platinum Proof Coin, Obv., 2005

Water Spout (Tornado), Destin FL, 07/05/2013

Water Spout (Tornado), Destin FL, 07/05/2013

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