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July 14, 2013 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

July 14, 2013

Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch, way up yonder on Shades Mountain (1,109′) in Alabama:

For the previous week, 0.4 inches of rain fell on BP2 .  The weekly high was 92 and the weekly low was 66.

Metro Birmingham Forecast for the New Week:

–     There is a 20% – 80% chance of rain for the week with the best chance of rain on Sunday, 0.5″.   Total rainfall potential for the week is 1.6″.
–     Weekly forecast high and low are 92 and 71.

Another water spout from Tampa Bay, FL, 07-09-13, see attached picture.

Alabama Weather History = 2 Tales that I was stuck in the middle.  Do you remember?

>     Heat wave deaths were soaring nationally on this date in 1980. Alabama was no exception as a powerful heat wave held much of the country in its grips. Birmingham’s Mayor Richard Arrington called for emergency relief. The mayor declared a state of emergency in Birmingham. Volunteer organizations called for people to donate electric fans. Emergency shelters were opened. Fifteen fatalities had been discovered in Birmingham, and it was suspected that heat had played a role in another twenty-seven deaths. Across Alabama, officially 21 heat related deaths had been reported. The apartments of the Central City housing project were like ovens. The national death toll stood at 495. It was 103F at the Birmingham Airport on Monday, July 14th and the forecast called for 105F on Tuesday. Forecasters warned that no relief was in sight. The 103F on the 14th marked the fifth consecutive day that Birmingham had seen temperatures of 100F or higher. Eventually, the mercury would soar to 100F or higher on eight straight days, a record that would stand until 2007.

>     ON THIS DATE IN 2005: Up to 6 inches of rain was measured over eastern Jefferson and western St. Clair County in Alabama as opposing outflow boundaries collided over the Metro Birmingham area. 5.94 inches of rain was measured in the City of Trussville. Widespread flooding resulted. (What a traffic zoo and school was letting out = insane). Follow my weather history tweets on Twitter. I am @wxhistorian at

Elemental Mineral Guest:

Our elemental guest this week is one of our all time favorite chemical elements with the symbol Ag and atomic number 47.

–     Ag soft, white, lustrous transition metal,
–     Ag possesses the highest electrical conductivity of any element
–     Ag possesses the highest thermal conductivity of any metal.
–     Ag is used as an antibiotic and inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi in clothing.
–     Folklore:  If you are plagued by vampires and werewolves, try an Ag charm or necklace.  per our Medieval Chronicler.  I also understand that Ag stakes through the heart were pretty effective.
–     The ancient symbol for Ag is the crescent moon.

What is it?   A _ g _ _ _ _ _.  This is its Latin Name.

S _ _ _ _ _ .  What is it?

Weather Guesses

Alabama All Weather Hazards Awareness:

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

Metro Birmingham.  Compliments of ABC3340

Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Sunday July 14
A good chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Afternoon High 83
Wind: E 6-14 mph   Sun percentage: 40%   Hours of rain: 1
Rain potential: 0.50″    Severe weather threat: None
Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Monday July 15
Partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms.                         
Morning Low 71    Afternoon High 87
Wind: SE 6-14 mph    Sun percentage: 60%    Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″    Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Tuesday July 16
Mostly sunny.  Warmer.  Isolated storm possible.
Morning Low 71   Afternoon High 89
Wind: SE 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 75%    Hours of rain: 1/4
Rain potential: 0.10″    Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Wednesday July 17
More sun than clouds. Isolated afternoon storms.
Morning Low 72    Afternoon High 91
Wind: SE 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 80%    Hours of rain: 1/4
Rain potential: 0.10″    Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Thursday July 18
Partly cloudy. A few afternoon thunderstorms.
Morning Low 73    Afternoon High 92
Wind: NE 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 75%    Hours of rain: 1/4
Rain potential: 0.15″    Severe weather threat: None
Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Friday July 19
Partly sunny.  A chance of afternoon storms.
Morning Low 72   Afternoon High 91
Wind: W 6-12 mph Sun percentage: 65% Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″ Severe weather threat: None
Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Saturday July 20
Partly cloudy. A chance of afternoon/evening storms.
Morning Low 72 Afternoon High 90
Wind: SW 6-12 mph Sun percentage: 65% Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″ Severe weather threat: None

Weather Underground Map for Metro Birmingham (Just wander around the state to pick you closest weather station).

Monthly Forecast by AccuWeather:

Alabama Climate Data

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

Interactive Periodic Table

Silver is our elemental guest this week.


 Silver Jewelry Images:

Silver Mineral Images

The metal occurs naturally in its pure, free form (native silver), as an alloy with gold and other metals, and in minerals such as argentite and chlorargyrite. Most silver is produced as a byproduct of copper, gold, lead, and zinc refining.

Metal Prices

Base Metals:


Silver$19.66 per Troy ounce.

Enjoy the attached pictures.

Have A Good Week!


Native Wire Silver, Kongsberg, Norway

Native Wire Silver, Kongsberg, Norway

Wire Silver

Sterling Silver Infinity Rings

Sterling Silver Infinity Rings

Silver Sulfide, Argentite

Silver Sulfide, Argentite

Silver Foot Wear, India

Silver Foot Wear, India

Native Silver, Kongsberg, Norway

Native Silver, Kongsberg, Norway

American Silver Eagle 1-oz. Bullion Con

American Silver Eagle 1-oz. Bullion Con

Silver, Iranian Shallow Vessel

Silver, Iranian Shallow Vessel

1,000 oz.  Silver Bullion Bar, 37 kg.

1,000 oz. Silver Bullion Bar, 37 kg.

1-oz. Silver US Coin

1-oz. Silver US Coin

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