Last major update issued on August 6, 2006 at 05:00 UTC.
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The geomagnetic field was quiet on August 5. Solar wind speed ranged between 348 and 411 km/s (all day average 362 km/s - decreasing 57 km/s from the previous day).
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 69.5. The planetary A index
was 4 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap
Three hour interval K indices: 21101111 (planetary), 22110021 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is at the class A1 level.
At midnight the visible solar disk was spotless. The solar flare activity level was very low. No C class events were recorded during the day.
August 3-5: No partly or fully Earth directed CMEs were detected in LASCO imagery.
Coronal hole history (since late October 2002)
Compare today's report to the situation one solar rotation ago: 28 days ago 27 days ago 26 days ago
A recurrent coronal hole (CH235) in the southern hemisphere (with a trans equatorial extension) was in an Earth facing position on August 2-4.
Processed SOHO/EIT 284 image at 01:06 UTC on August 6. The darkest areas on the solar disk are likely coronal holes.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to active on August 6-7 due to effects from CH235. Quiet conditions are likely on August 8-10.
|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) Effects from a CME are likely to be observed at 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 fair to good. Propagation on long distance northeast-southwest paths is very good. Lots of stations from North America were audible from midnight UTC until about 1 hour after LSR. Excellent signals were noted from the New York stations on 1050, 1130 and 1560 kHz. Some stations further inland could be heard as well, 1300 WOOD had strong peaks. After LSR propagation to Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina was much better than on an average day. 850 Carve and 1130 Nacional (both Uruguay) easily had the best signals I've heard them with and there were lots of other interesting signals around.
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|
|Total spot count:||0||0|
flux at Earth
|International sunspot number||Smoothed sunspot number|
cycle 23 sunspot max.
|2006.02||76.5||4.7||(18.4 predicted, -2.4)|
|2006.03||75.4||10.8||(16.6 predicted, -1.8)|
|2006.04||89.0||30.2||(15.9 predicted, -0.7)|
|2006.05||80.9||22.2||(15.1 predicted, -0.8)|
|2006.06||76.5||13.9||(12.9 predicted, -2.2)|
|2006.07||75.7||12.2||(11.4 predicted, -1.5)|
|2006.08||71.1 (1)||1.8 (2)||(11.4 predicted, -0.0)|
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% lower.
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.