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November 2, 2014 Weekly Weather and Geology Guess

November 2, 2014

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

October goes <b>pink</b> for Breast Cancer Awareness <b>Month</b>

This week the mineral color is pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Compliments of the Rock Hound Connection.

For the previous week, 0 inches of rain fell on BP2 The weekly high was 85 and the weekly low was 32.
  Humidity ranged from 98% down to 32%.  Maximum wind gust was 24 mph.

Metro Birmingham Forecast for the New Week

–  Low this morning was 32.4 on the Bluff.
–  72 is the forecast high and 31 is the forecast low.
–  0.6″ of rain is forecast for the week.
–  YES!  We will have weather during the week.

Space Weather.


Weather Guesses

Alabama All Weather Hazards Awareness:

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

Metro Birmingham.  Compliments of ABC3340

Sunny_Icon Sunday November 2
A very cold start, with a widespread freeze. Sunny and cool afternoon
Afternoon High 59
Wind: NE 5-10 mph   Sun percentage: 100%   Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″   Severe weather threat: None
Sunny_Icon Monday November 3
Sunny and warmer.
Morning Low 37   Afternoon High 65
Wind: SE 5-10 mph   Sun percentage: 90%   Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″   Severe weather threat: None
Sunny_Icon Tuesday November 4
Partly sunny.
Morning Low 48    Afternoon High 70
Wind: S 6-12 mph   Sun percentage: 70%   Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″   Severe weather threat: None
Sun_Rain_Showers_Icon Wednesday November 5
Increasing clouds; showers arrive late in the day and into Wednesday night.
Morning Low 54   Afternoon High 72
Wind: SW 6-12 mph   Sun percentage: 35%   Hours of rain: 1
Rain potential: 0.30″   Severe weather threat: None
Sun_Rain_Showers_Icon Thursday November 6
Morning showers, should give way to afternoon clearing.
Morning Low 54   Afternoon High 70
Wind: W 7-14 mph   Sun percentage: 35%   Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.15″   Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Friday November 7
Partly cloudy and a little cool.
Morning Low 44  Afternoon High 65
Wind: N 6-12 mph Sun percentage: 65% Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″ Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Saturday November 8
Partly sunny.
Morning Low 43   Afternoon High 65
Wind: NW 10-20 mph Sun percentage: 90% Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″ 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”

Geology in the News

China Loses Grip on Rare Earth
= Very Important Economically.

Rare Earth Elements and Their Uses.

It’s Pink Week

In my Pink Mineral folder there are 37 pictures. 

Enjoy the attached Pink Minerals.

Figure 1.  Pink Calcite is a carbonate mineral.

Figure 2.  Pink Chalcedony 
is a cryptocrystalline form of silica, composed of very fine intergrowths of the minerals quartz and moganite.

Figure 3.  Pink Cobalt Dolomite
is a crystalline mass of Dolomite colored pink by cobalt.

Figure 4.  Pink Diamond
Diamonds occur in a variety of colors — steel gray, white, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, pink to purple, brown, and black.

Figure 5.  Pink Fluorite   is the mineral form of calcium fluoride, CaF2Fluorite comes in a wide range of colors and has consequently been dubbed “the most colorful mineral in the world”.

Figure 6.  Pink Halite
is commonly known as rock salt, is the mineral form of sodium chloride (NaCl).  The mineral is typically colorless or white, but may also be light blue, dark blue, purple, pink, red, orange, yellow or gray depending on the amount and type of impurities.

Figure 7.  Pink Morganite 
Morganite, also known as “pink beryl”, “rose beryl”, “pink emerald”, and “cesian (or caesian) beryl”, is a rare light pink to rose-colored gem-quality variety of beryl.

Figure 8A.  Pink Quartz
Is this really quartz.  It sure fooled me.  This is SOAP.  What creativity! 
Figure 8B.  Yes, there is a Pink Rose Quartz, this one is natural.
Figure 9.  Pink Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral with chemical composition MnCO3. In its (rare) pure form, it is typically a rose-red color, but impure specimens can be shades of pink to pale brown.

Figure 10.  Pink Spinel
It has the formula MgAl2O4.  It may be colorless, but is usually various shades of red, blue, green, yellow, brown, white, or black.

Figure 11.  Pink Spodumene
Kunzite is a pink to lilac colored gemstone, a variety of spodumene with the color coming from minor to trace amounts of manganese.

Figure 12.  Pink Tourmaline 
is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone comes in a wide variety of colors.

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Have A Good Week!


1.  Pink Calcite

1. Pink Calcite

2.  Pink Chalcedony

2. Pink Chalcedony

3.  pink-cobalt-dolomite

3. pink-cobalt-dolomite

4.  Diamond, Pink, 12.76c., Australia

5.  Pink Fluorite

5. Pink Fluorite

6.  Pink Halite, Searles Lake, CA

6. Pink Halite, Searles Lake, CA

7.  Beryl, Morganite

7. Beryl, Morganite

8A.  Pink Quartz-SOAP

8A. Pink Quartz-SOAP

8B.  Quartz-Rose-Star, Sphere

8B. Quartz-Rose-Star, Sphere

9.  Pink Rhodocrosite

9. Pink Rhodocrosite

10.  spinel-pink-gem

10. spinel-pink-gem

11.  Spodumene, Kunzite

11. Spodumene, Kunzite

12.  Rubelite Tourmaline.  Russia

12. Rubelite Tourmaline. Russia

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