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August 18, 2013 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

August 18, 2013

www.bluffparkbackporch.com

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

Cool Mountain Air (SWNC) on Thursday, August 15 was cool enough for a jacket and a blanket as I sipped my morning coffee.For the previous week,

Previous Week: 1.4 inches of rain fell on BP2 .   The weekly high was 91 and the weekly low was 64.

Metro Birmingham Forecast for the New Week:–     There is a 100% for Sunday diminishing to a 20%-30% chance of rain by the weekend.   The best chance of rain will be on Sunday.
Total rainfall potential for the week is 1.8″.
–     Weekly forecast high and low are 89(Sat.) and 68(Monday).

Elemental Mineral Guest:

Our elemental guest this week has the symbol Ba and atomic number 56.  

–    Ba is a soft silvery metallic alkaline earth metal.
–    Ba sulfate is used as an insoluble heavy additive to oil well drilling fluid, and in purer form, as X-ray radiocontrast agents for imaging the human gastrointestinal tract.
–   Ba is used in paints and varnishes, and also as a filler in ringing ink, plastics, and rubbers.
–    Ba is also a paper coating pigment.

What is it?   B a _ _ _ _ .    What is it?



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

Showers_Icon Sunday August 18
Mostly cloudy and showery.
Afternoon High 76
Wind: SE 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 25%    Hours of rain: 3/4
Rain potential: 0.30″    Severe weather threat: None
Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Monday August 19
A mix of clouds and sun. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms.
Morning Low 68   Afternoon High 81
Wind: SE 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 50%    Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″    Severe weather threat: None
Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Tuesday August 20
Scattered, mostly afternoon and evening thunderstorms.
Morning Low 70    Afternoon High 83
Wind: E 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 55%    Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″    Severe weather threat: None
Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Wednesday August 21
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms.
Morning Low 70    Afternoon High 84
Wind: E/SE 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 60%    Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″    Severe weather threat: None
Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Thursday August 22
Partly sunny. Scattered showers and thunderstorms by afternoon.
Morning Low 70    Afternoon High 85
Wind: E 6-12 mph    Sun percentage: 70%    Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″    Severe weather threat: None
Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Friday August 23
Partly cloudy and mild.  A few afternoon storms.
Morning  Low 71   Afternoon High 88
Wind: W 5-10 mph   Sun percentage: 75%   Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.25″   Severe weather threat: None
Sun_PM_T-Storms_Icon Saturday August 24
Partly cloudy. Scattered mainly afternoon/evening storms.
Morning Low 72   Afternoon High 89
Wind: NE 5-10 mph   Sun percentage: 75% 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).
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/august-weather/346630?monyr=8/1/2013

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


Barium is our elemental guest this week.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barium
Barium Mineral Images

The most common naturally occurring minerals of barium are barite (barium sulfate, BaSO4) and witherite (barium carbonate, BaCO3),

Barite
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=moz35&va=Barite

Witherite
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0PDoYDJ2BBSl2YA29GJzbkF?p=Witherite&fr=moz35&ei=utf-8&n=30&x=wrt&y=Search

A barium-containing mineral benitoite (barium titanium silicate) occurs as a very rare blue fluorescent gemstone, and is the official state gem of California.

Benitoite Gemstones and Images
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=moz35&va=benitoite


Metal Prices

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

Gold-Silver-Platinumhttp://www.kitco.com/market/

Barite$100 – $700 per ton (depending on purity).  [Web Sources Vary]






Have A Good Week!

Randy/Randall

Barium.  Benitoite Gemstone

Barium. Benitoite Gemstone

Barium.  Benitoite

Barium. Benitoite

Bariium Carbonate.  Witherite

Bariium Carbonate. Witherite

Barite.  Blue Crystals.  Spain

Barite. Blue Crystals. Spain

Barite.  Golden Crystals

Barite. Golden Crystals

Barite.  Industrial Grade Powder

Barite. Industrial Grade Powder

Barite. Blue Crystals.  Peru

Barite. Blue Crystals. Peru

Barite Rose

Barite Rose

Barite.  Yellow Crystals

Barite. Yellow Crystals

Barium X-Ray

Barium X-Ray

Barium Element

Barium Element

Apache and John looking for Barite in Co.

Apache and John looking for Barite in Co.

Green Barium Fireworks

Green Barium Fireworks

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