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December 27, 2015 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

December 27, 2015
Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch, way up yonder on Shades Mountain (1,109′) in Alabama:

Needless to say, there is no easy way to geologically dissect North America. 
At any rate we will geologically wander across North America as best that I can stumble across the outcrop.  (See below for discussion)
The next big and new words are S _ _ _ _ _   P _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .
Enjoy the discussion and please throw you 2 cents or quarter’s worth of comments and questions.


Last Week On the Bluff:

–    75 was the high and 30 was the low and an average of 58.
–    Humidity ranged from 24% to 100%, with an average of 85%.
–    Rainfall total on the Bluff was + 3 inches.
–    Maximum wind gust was 20 mph.  
>    Lots of flash flooding yesterday along local streams.  “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”!
>    Flood Warning for major rivers in the state.
>    Birmingham Airport high yesterday was 77, a new record for December 25.
>    EF-0 (75 mph) for the Coaling Tornado. 12/25/15.
>    Preliminary EF-2 (130 mph) for the Midfield Tornado, 12/25/15.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

The difference in a Noccalula Falls trickle and a raging waterfall. @spann #alwx 
Metro Birmingham Forecast for the New Week
–    76 is the forecast high and 30 is the forecast low.
–    2.6 inches of rain is forecast for the week.

–    We will see cooler weather move in by Tuesday.  

>    Severe Weather Threat for Monday Morning and Monday Afternoon with tornadoes possible and damaging winds up to 60 mph, along with isolated flooding
90% chance of rain for Monday, 1 inch potential.
–    As we start 2016, it will finally feel like winter.

Weather Guesses

Alabama All Weather Hazards Awareness:

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


Metro Birmingham.  Compliments of ABC3340.

(for Detailed Graphical Forecast)
Weather Underground Map for Metro Birmingham.
(Just wander around the state to pick your closest weather station).


Weather Forecast by AccuWeather  (Pick your time, day, or month)
Space Weather.


Minerals and Rocks – The Good Life from the Ground
“If it ain’t grown, it has to be mined”
The Origins of North American Geology
Part 1:  North American Geologic Origins
Part 2:  Origins of North American Life
(See Attached photos and graphics for visual details.)
“The stable platform is an area in which the North American Craton forms a basement and is covered by sediment. This area now forms much of the Interior Plains and the slope of the Appalachians below the mountains proper.[7] This area has been covered by a shallow inland sea, which became the site of deposition for most of the overlying sedimentary rock. The sea receded as the continent rose becoming covered by stream, lake, and wind deposits.[8]   The stable platform is mostly a crystalline basement, covered by sedimentary rocks, interrupted only by occasional domes, such as the Cincinnati Arch, Wisconsin Dome, and Ozark Dome.[7]   “Wikipedia
To be continued next week as we push deeper into The North American Craton.  R
Geology of the Appalachian Mountains
Geology of Alabama
Basic Geology of Alabama

Overview of the Geology of Alabama by Geological Survey of Alabama

Geologic Map Overview of Regional Geology of Alabama, Southern US, and North America attached.  There will be more readable detailed maps of Alabama when we start tearing the state apart into physiographic provinces.
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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

Images have been searched by TinEye Reverse Image Search.


Have A Great Week!
AL, CP, Sipsey R. Sand. 2010. REM

AL, CP, Sipsey R. Sand. 2010. REM

AL-N. Piedmont, Talladega Co., Poe Bridge Mt., SR77. REM

AL-N. Piedmont, Talladega Co., Poe Bridge Mt., SR77. REM

AL, Valley and Ridge, 2013, REM

AL, Valley and Ridge, 2013, REM

Levin 8e/Wiley fig 8-27 w167a

North American Stable Platform. Levin 8e/Wiley

NA Stable Platform w Mountains. 2005. USGS

NA Stable Platform w Mountains. 2005. USGS

NA Everglades Platform Cross-Section 2.

NA Everglades Platform Cross-Section 2.

NA Stable Platform, Kansas.

NA Stable Platform, Kansas.

TN, Highland Rim, FallCreekFalls-state-park. REM

TN, Highland Rim, FallCreekFalls-state-park. REM

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