Last major update issued on November 24, 2004 at 04:45 UTC.
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The geomagnetic field was quiet on November 23. Solar wind speed ranged between 366 and 471 km/sec.
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 106.9. The planetary A
index was 5 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 5.0).
Three hour interval K indices: 21111212 (planetary), 21111212 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is at the class B3 level.
At midnight there were 4 spotted regions on the visible solar disk. The solar flare activity level was low. A total of 2 C class events was recorded during the day.Region 10704 decayed slowly and lost penumbra except on the main penumbra.
Spotted regions not numbered by NOAA/SEC:
[S481] This region, probably old region 10693, rotated partly into view at the southeast limb on November 23. Location at midnight: S15E80.
[S482] A new region rotated partly into view at the southeast limb late on November 23. M flares are possible. Location at midnight: S06E82. Flares: C2.3 at 08:52 and C6.5 at 15:07 UTC.
November 21-23: No obviously 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
Recurrent coronal hole CH128 in the southern hemisphere was in a geoeffective position on November 21-23. Recurrent trans equatorial coronal hole CH129 will likely rotate into a geoeffective position on November 27.
Processed SOHO/EIT 284 image at 13:06 UTC on November 23. The darkest areas on the solar disk are likely coronal holes.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to unsettled on November 24. A high speed stream from coronal hole CH128 will likely arrive on November 25 and cause unsettled to active conditions that day becoming quiet to active on November 26-27.
|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.
Long distance low and medium frequency (below 2 MHz) propagation along east-west paths over high and upper middle latitudes is very poor. Propagation along long distance north-south paths is poor to fair. Trans Atlantic propagation conditions are normally monitored every night on 1470 kHz. Dominant station tonight: Radio Cristal del Uruguay with an occasionally good signal. On 930 kHz Radio Monte Carlo (Uruguay) was the best station. On other frequencies mainly stations from the southeastern part of Brazil were observed. Only 2 North American stations could be heard: 1030 WBZ and 1510 WWZN.
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|
|10701||2004.11.11||1||S15W83||0030||HSX||rotated out of view|
classification was CAO
formerly region S477
classification was CSO
at midnight, area 0050
|Total spot count:||15||11|
flux at Earth
|International sunspot number||Smoothed sunspot number|
cycle 23 sunspot max.
|2004.05||99.8||41.5||(42.8 predicted, -2.7)|
|2004.06||97.4||43.2||(40.0 predicted, -2.8)|
|2004.07||119.1||51.0||(38.2 predicted, -1.8)|
|2004.08||109.6||40.9||(36.6 predicted, -1.6)|
|2004.09||103.1||27.7||(34.7 predicted, -1.9)|
|2004.10||105.9||48.4||(32.5 predicted, -2.2)|
|2004.11||114.1 (1)||57.0 (2)||(31.0 predicted, -1.5)|
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 some of these solar data sources. All time references are to the UTC day. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.