Last major update issued on May 3, 2005 at 04:15 UTC.
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The geomagnetic field was quiet on May 2. Solar wind speed ranged between 458 and 617 km/sec under the decreasing influence of a high speed stream from CH162.
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 112.2. The planetary
index was 7 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap
Three hour interval K indices: 22212222 (planetary), 32213322 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is at the class B3 level.
At midnight there were 3 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 10756 decayed slowly losing spots and penumbral area.
Region 10757 decayed slowly and quietly.
April 30: A faint full halo CME was observed in LASCO C3 images beginning at 17:18 UTC. No obvious frontside activity was
observed during the hours before this, and the source was likely backsided.
May 1: A brighter full halo CME was observed in LASCO C3 images beginning at 01:42 UTC. Considerable large scale reshaping of the corona to the south of region 10756 was observed late on April 30 and early on May 1. However, since I couldn't observe any significant eruptive event or a disappearing filament during the relevant time frame, it is at this time uncertain if the CME was backsided (with the same source as the CME observed on April 30) or had its origin near region 10756.
May 2: A full halo CME was observed in LASCO C3 images beginning at 06:18 UTC. There was no significant activity on the visible disk during the hours just before this observation and the origin of the CME was likely backsided, possibly with the same origin as the CMEs observed on April 30 and May 1. A large and bright CME was observed over most of the eastern limb late in the day and early on May 3.
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 recurrent coronal hole (CH163) in the northern hemisphere will likely rotate to an Earth facing position on May 6-7.
Processed SOHO/EIT 284 image at 01:06 UTC on May 3. The darkest areas on the solar disk are likely coronal holes.
The geomagnetic field is expected be quiet to unsettled on May 3-5.
|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 fair. Trans Atlantic propagation conditions are normally monitored every night on 1470 kHz. Dominant stations tonight: Radio Cristal del Uruguay before 02:30 UTC, later on CPN Radio (Perú) with a fairly strong signal. Radio Santa Rosa (Perú) was impressive on 1499.93 kHz and there were some unusual signals on a few other frequencies.
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|
area was 0070 at midnight
classification was EAO at midnight, area 0170
|Total spot count:||25||40|
flux at Earth
|International sunspot number||Smoothed sunspot number|
cycle 23 sunspot max.
|2004.11||113.2||43.5||(34.8 predicted, -1.1)|
|2004.12||94.5||17.9||(33.4 predicted, -1.4)|
|2005.01||102.2||31.3||(30.9 predicted, -2.5)|
|2005.02||97.2||29.1||(28.3 predicted, -2.6)|
|2005.03||89.9||24.8||(26.5 predicted, -1.8)|
|2005.04||86.0||24.4||(24.6 predicted, -1.9)|
|2005.05||111.9 (1)||3.7 (2)||(22.0 predicted, -2.6)|
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.