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January 24, 2016 Weekly Weather and Geology Guess

January 24, 2016
Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch, way up yonder on Shades Mountain (1,109′) in Alabama:


We will continue with our discussion of the Geology of the Appalachian Mountains.  The USGS article provides an excellent summary of how the Appalachian Mountains formed.
Enjoy the discussion and please throw you 2 cents or quarter’s worth of comments and questions.

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Last Week On the Bluff:

–    Yes, we had weather last week!
–    55 was the high and 19 was the low.
–    Rainfall total on the Bluff was 1.6 inches.
–    Maximum wind gust was 29 mph.  
*    My old stomping grounds in Western Virginia and into West Virginia, received up to 4 feet of snow with the latest “Snowmagedon”!

Metro Birmingham Forecast for the New Week

 
–    60 is the forecast high for next Saturday > “Heat Wave”; and 32 is the forecast low.
–    0.7 inches of rain is forecast for the week.
–    Warmer but wet weather is forecast for the week.

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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.

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

http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/?lat=33.24038696&lon=-86.82407379&zoom=10&pin=


Weather Forecast by AccuWeather  (Pick your time, day, or month)
Space Weather.  http://spaceweather.com/

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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
 

 

                                                        
Topic for The Week
1.5  Appalachian Orogen.  as in the Appalachian Mountains.
A 5-Part Series of Appalachian Geology by Geologist, Wildwood Claire.
(by Editor.  This is one of the better videos on the subject.)
There are 5 videos.  I will post 1 per week.
Note:  There is a tremendous amount of material written about the Geology of the Appalachian Mountains.  It is difficult to squish this amount of material. distances, and scenery into 1-sound bite and 10 or 11 slides.

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Another Editors Note:  It is the intent of this site to keep this discussion as simple as possible, so as to educate the interested general public and not to discuss with the geology crowd the latest geologic theories and nuances.  Thanks, R
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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.  http://tineye.com/

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Note to Self:  Randall, you go up to the Mountains of NC for the last 26 years.  Include some of those pictures.
Man or Woman!  What choices.
Whiteside Mountain, NC > Large granitic pluton (mass of granitic rock) dating back to + 1 BYA (latest understanding).
Bridal Veil Falls, NC > Folded Gneiss Metamorphic Rock wit quartz dike intruding.  And garnets too.

Have A Great Week!

Randy/Randall
App. Mtns, Bridal Veil Falls, NC.  Folded Gneiss.

App. Mtns, Bridal Veil Falls, NC. Folded Gneiss.

App. Mtns, Garnets at Bridal Veil Falls, NC US64. James-Phillip.2004. REM

App. Mtns, Garnets at Bridal Veil Falls, NC US64. James-Phillip.2004. REM

App. Mtns., Bridal Veil Falls, NC-US64. Gretchen-, Paul, James. 2004

App. Mtns., Bridal Veil Falls, NC-US64. Gretchen-, Paul, James. 2004

App. Mtns., Fairfield Lake, Cashiers NC. 2004. REM

App. Mtns., Fairfield Lake, Cashiers NC. 2004. REM

App. Mtns., US64 NC.  2004. REM

App. Mtns., US64 NC. 2004. REM

App. Mtns., Whiteside Mt. NC. 2004. REM

App. Mtns., Whiteside Mt. NC. 2004. REM

App. Mtns., Central App. - Space.  2013, NASA

App. Mtns., Central App. – Space. 2013, NASA

App. Mtns., Blue Ridge Pkwy. 2007.NPS

App. Mtns., Blue Ridge Pkwy. 2007.NPS

App. Mtns., Folded Rocks-Syncline. thehoneyexchange.wordpress.com.

App. Mtns., Folded Rocks-Syncline. thehoneyexchange.wordpress.com.

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