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The geomagnetic field was quiet on October 3. Solar wind speed ranged between 353 and 432 km/s (all day average 379 km/s - decreasing 73 km/s from the previous day).
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 76.6. The planetary A index was 5 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 5.1). Three hour interval K indices: 12112212 (planetary), 13122221 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is at the class A2 level.
At midnight there were 2 spotted regions on the visible solar disk. The solar flare activity level was very low. No C class events were recorded during the day.
Region 10913 was quiet and stable.
Region 10914 was quiet and stable.
October 1-3: No obvious 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 small coronal hole (CH242) in the northern hemisphere will be in an Earth facing position on October 4.
Processed SOHO/EIT 284 image at 19:06 UTC on October 3. The darkest areas on the solar disk are likely coronal holes.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be mostly quiet on October 4-7 and 9-13. Late on October 7 or early on October 8 effects from CH242 could cause some unsettled intervals. A recurrent coronal hole is likely to cause a disturbance October 14-16.
|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. Propagation on long distance northeast-southwest paths is poor.
A number of stations from the Canadian Atlantic provinces and the northeastern US had fair to good signals during the night. Several stations from Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela were also present with nice audio.
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|
|10914||2006.09.28||1||1||S09E09||0010||AXX||classification was HSX at midnight,
|Total spot count:||3||3|
flux at Earth
|International sunspot number||Smoothed sunspot number|
cycle 23 sunspot max.
|2006.04||89.0||30.2||(17.1 predicted, -0.2)|
|2006.05||80.9||22.2||(16.8 predicted, -0.3)|
|2006.06||76.5||13.9||(15.1 predicted, -1.7)|
|2006.07||75.7||12.2||(13.2 predicted, -1.9)|
|2006.08||79.0||12.9||(12.8 predicted, -0.4)|
|2006.09||77.8||14.5||(12.6 predicted, -0.2)|
|2006.10||77.6 (1)||3.0 (2)||(11.6 predicted, -1.0)|
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.