Last major update issued on March 3, 2004 at 04:10 UTC.
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The geomagnetic field was unsettled to active on March 2. Solar wind speed ranged between 582 and 850 km/sec under the influence of a high speed stream from coronal hole CH83.
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 98.8. The planetary A
index was 17 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 17.6).
Three hour interval K indices: 43434333 (planetary), 44433333 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is at the class B1 level.
At midnight there were 2 spotted regions on the visible disk. Solar flare activity was low. A total of 2 C class events was recorded during the day.
Region 10565 was quiet and stable and will rotate over the southwest limb today.
Region 10567 developed in the leading spot section with a new leading penumbra forming and quickly becoming the largest penumbra in the region. There is a small patch of positive polarity just east of the leading negative polarity penumbra. Flares: C1.9 at 21:49 and C1.9 at 23:27 UTC.
February 29-March 2: No partly or fully earth directed CMEs observed.
Coronal hole history (since late October 2002)
Compare today's report with the situation one solar rotation ago: 28 days ago 27 days ago 26 days ago
A well defined recurrent trans equatorial coronal hole (CH83) was in a geoeffective position on February 26-29. A recurrent coronal hole (CH84) is rotating into view at the east limb and will likely reach a geoeffective position on March 7.
Processed SOHO/EIT 284 image at 01:06 UTC on March 3. The darkest areas on the solar disk are likely coronal holes.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to active on March 3 and quiet to unsettled on March 4-6.
Long distance low and medium frequency (below 2 MHz) propagation along east-west paths over high and upper middle latitudes is fair to poor. Propagation along long distance north-south paths is fair to poor. [Trans Atlantic propagation conditions are currently monitored every night on 1470 kHz. Dominant stations tonight: Radio Vibración (Venezuela) and WLAM Lewiston ME. Several stations from the easternmost parts of North America could be heard on other frequencies].
|Coronal holes (1)||Coronal mass ejections (2)||M and X class flares (3)|
1) Effects from a coronal hole could reach Earth within the next 5 days. When the high speed stream has arrived
the color changes to green.
2) Material from a CME is likely to impact Earth within 96 hours.
3) There is a possibility of either M or X class flares within the next 48 hours.
Green: 0-20% probability, Yellow: 20-60% probability, Red: 60-100% probability.
Compare to the previous day's image.
Data for all numbered solar regions according to the Solar Region Summary provided by NOAA/SEC. Comments are my own, as is the STAR spot count (spots observed at or inside a few hours before midnight) and data for regions not numbered by SEC or where SEC has observed no spots. SEC active region numbers in the table below and in the active region map above are the historic SEC/USAF numbers.
|Active region||Date numbered||SEC
|Location at midnight||Area||Classification||Comment|
classification was HSX
classification was EAI
|Total spot count:||30||35|
flux at Earth
|International sunspot number||Smoothed sunspot number|
cycle 23 sunspot max.
|2003.09||112.2||48.7||(58.9 predicted, -1.1)|
|2003.10||151.7||65.5||(56.2 predicted, -2.7)|
|2003.11||140.8||67.3||(53.5 predicted, -2.7)|
|2003.12||114.9||46.5||(50.9 predicted, -2.6)|
|2004.01||114.1||37.2||(46.7 predicted, -4.2)|
|2004.02||107.0||46.0||(42.1 predicted, -4.6)|
|2004.03||100.3 (1)||3.7 (2)||(39.7 predicted, -2.4)|
1) Running average based on the daily 20:00 UTC observed solar flux value at 2800 MHz.
2) Unofficial, accumulated value based on the Boulder (NOAA/SEC) sunspot number. The official international sunspot number is typically 30-50% less.
This report has been prepared by Jan Alvestad. It is based partly on my own observations and analysis, and partly on data from sources noted in solar links. All time references are to the UTC day. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.