Last major update issued on March 21, 2007 at 03:45 UTC.
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The geomagnetic field was very quiet on March 20. Solar wind speed ranged between 286 and 327 km/s (average speed was 301 km/s, decreasing 67 km/s from the previous day).
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 72.6. The planetary A index was 2 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 1.6). Three hour interval K indices: 00001011 (planetary), 00001100 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is below 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. One or two active regions are currently at the central east limb and could rotate into view today. The presence of these regions has caused an increase in solar flux.
March 18-20: No obvious fully or partially Earth directed CMEs were observed in LASCO imagery.
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 (CH261) in the southern hemisphere was in an Earth facing position on March 18-19. An elongated recurrent trans equatorial coronal hole (CH262) will rotate into an Earth facing position on March 20-23.
Processed SOHO/EIT 195 image at 23:48 UTC on March 20. The darkest areas on the solar disk are likely coronal holes.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet on March 21. Quiet to active conditions are likely on March 22-27 due to effects from CH261 and CH262, occasional minor storm intervals are possible on March 24-26.
|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.
Daily monitoring will not resume until a local noise problem (related to construction work on a neighboring property) has been fixed. Occasional monitoring reports will be submitted when propagation is good.
February 18, 2007: Strong signals were noted from a number of USA east coast stations as well as from stations located in the Canadian Atlantic provinces. CFDR on 780 kHz was particularly strong.
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.
|2006.09||77.8||14.4||(15.6 predicted, +0.0)|
|2006.10||74.3||10.4||(14.4 predicted, -1.2)|
|2006.11||86.3||21.5||(12.8 predicted, -1.6)|
|2006.12||84.5||13.6||(11.9 predicted, -0.9)|
|2007.01||83.3||16.9||(11.5 predicted, -0.4)|
|2007.02||77.7||10.6||(11.4 predicted, -0.1)|
|2007.03||71.6 (1)||5.6 (2)||(11.6 predicted, +0.2)|
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.