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December 14, 2014 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

December 14, 2014
Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch, way up yonder on Shades Mountain (1,109′) in Alabama:


Our Mineral Guess this Week:  It is October’s Birthstone.
 

It is available in a wide variety of colors from black to bluish-black, dark brown, yellow, medium brown, blue to neon blue, lime to dark forest green, red and reddish purple, yellow, pink, and colorless.
Bi-colored and multicolored stones may be green at one end and pink at the other, watermelon stones is green on the outside and pink on the inside. Some stones are dichroic meaning they appear to change color when viewed from different angles

What mineral do we have for this week?  T _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? 

Only 333 beautiful pictures to chose only 10 from?!



For the previous week, 2.2 inches of rain fell on BP2 The weekly high was 68 and the weekly low was 29.
  Humidity ranged from 99% down to 31%.  Maximum wind gust was 20 mph.


Metro Birmingham Forecast
for the New Week


–  Quiet week ahead, mostly dry, cool, and sunny.
–  65 is the forecast high and 39 is the forecast low.
–  1.25″ of rain is forecast for the week.
–  Rain is forecast for Monday-Tuesday and Friday-Saturday.
>  Check the ABC3340 Weather Site for End of December Weather Details

Space Weather.  http://spaceweather.com/

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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

Partly_Cloudy_Icon Sunday December 14
Another cold morning, mainly sunny day.
Afternoon High 64
Wind: S 6-12 mph   Sun percentage: 75%   Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″   Severe weather threat: None
Sun_Rain_Showers_Icon Monday December 15
Increasing clouds; showers arrive Monday night.
Morning Low 42   Afternoon High 65
Wind: S 7-14 mph   Sun percentage: 35%   Hours of rain: 1
Rain potential: 0.30″   Severe weather threat: None
Mostly_Cloudy_Icon Tuesday December 16
Showers end early; becoming partly sunny.
Morning Low 49  Afternoon High 61
Wind: W 7-14 mph   Sun percentage: 55%   Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.15″   Severe weather threat: None
Sunny_Icon Wednesday December 17
A good supply of sunshine.
Morning Low 40   Afternoon High 60
Wind: NE 5-10 mph   Sun percentage: 80%   Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.15″   Severe weather threat: None
Sunny_Icon Thursday December 18
Mostly sunny.
Morning Low 39   Afternoon High 60
Wind: S 6-12 mph   Sun percentage: 80%   Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″   Severe weather threat: None
Sun_Rain_Showers_Icon Friday December 19
Increasing clouds. Scattered showers and storms, mainly overnight.
Morning Low 43 Afternoon High 57
Wind: SE 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 35% Hours of rain: 2
Rain potential: 0.45″ Severe weather threat: None
Sun_Rain_Showers_Icon Saturday December 20
Morning showers, clearing afternoon.
Morning Low 42  Afternoon High 53
Wind: N 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 40% Hours of rain: 1
Rain potential: 0.20″ 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/december-weather/346630?monyr=12/1/2014

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”





Tourmaline is our guest for this week.




Tourmalinehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourmaline

Tourmaline Images:
https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEVjJXnIxUzoYAoAsPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBsa3ZzMnBvBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw–?_adv_prop=image&fr=yhs-befrugal-002&va=tourmaline&hspart=befrugal&hsimp=yhs-002


Tourmaline – Facts, Lore, History, Myths, and Pictures
http://www.bernardine.com/gemstones/tourmaline.htm


Tourmaline Jewelry:
\https://shopping.search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0LEVjJXnIxUzoYAiwsPxQt.?p=tourmaline&trbkt=&.sep=&fr=yhs-befrugal-002


Geology in the News.

–  What is Shale Gas?:
http://geology.com/energy/shale-gas/
and
–  What is horizontal drilling? 
http://geology.com/articles/horizontal-drilling/


My Tourmaline Christmas Wish List.

Figure 1.  Tourmaline Gemstones. unknown.
Figure 2.  Rubelite Tourmaline, diamonds- pendant. unknown.
Figure 3.  Verdelite-Tourmaline-Diamond-Ring-Solid-18K-White. unknown.
Figure 4.  Multi-Colored Gemstone. many-unknown.
Figure 5.  Watermelon Tourmaline Crystal. unknown.
Figure 6.  Watermelon Tourmaline Polished Slice, 2.8in., 369c.$925.  Indulgy.
Figure 7.  Killer, Tourmaline Crystals. unknown.
Figure 8.  Indicolite Tourmaline Crystal. Otjua Mine, Namibia. by Stefan Koch.
Figure 9.  Indicolite Tourmaline Faceted. All-Gem-Stones.
Figure 10. Yellow-Pink Tourmaline Slice. unknown.

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Author’s Request:  If you see any pictures that you know the source and photographer, let me know immediately.  Thanks!  R
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Have A Good Week!

Randy/Randall


1.  Tourmaline Gemstones. unknown

1. Tourmaline Gemstones. unknown

2.  Rubelite Tourmaline, diamonds- pendant. unknown

2. Rubelite Tourmaline, diamonds- pendant. unknown

3.  Verdelite-Tourmaline-Diamond-Ring-Solid-18K-White. unknown

3. Verdelite-Tourmaline-Diamond-Ring-Solid-18K-White. unknown

4.  Multi-Colored Gemstone. many-unknown,

4. Multi-Colored Gemstone. many-unknown,

5.  Watermelon Tourmaline Crystal. unknown

5. Watermelon Tourmaline Crystal. unknown

Watermelon 6.  Tourmaline Polished Slice, 2.8in., 369c.$925.  Indulgy

Watermelon 6. Tourmaline Polished Slice, 2.8in., 369c.$925. Indulgy

7.  Killer, Tourmaline Crystals. unknown

7. Killer, Tourmaline Crystals. unknown

8.  Indicolite Tourmaline Crystal. Otjua Mine, Namibia. by Stefan Koch

8. Indicolite Tourmaline Crystal. Otjua Mine, Namibia. by Stefan Koch

9.  Indicolite Tourmaline Faceted. All-Gem-Stones

9. Indicolite Tourmaline Faceted. All-Gem-Stones

10.  Yellow-Pink Tourmaline Slice. unknown

10. Yellow-Pink Tourmaline Slice. unknown

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