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The geomagnetic field was very quiet on September 9. Solar wind speed ranged between 289 and 409 km/s (average speed was 343 km/s, decreasing 111 km/s from the previous day).
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 66.7. The planetary A index was 2 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 2.3). Three hour interval K indices: 00001011 (planetary), 00112001 (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.
September 7-9: No obvious fully or partly 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 recurrent coronal hole (CH290) in the southern hemisphere could rotate into an Earth facing position on September 10.
Processed SOHO/EIT 195 image at 00:00 UTC on September 10. The darkest areas on the solar disk are likely coronal holes.
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 poor.
Monitoring remarks from a location near N58E06: September 9: Strong signals were noted from a number of TA stations, in particular stations from Cuba enjoyed good propagation. Reception from North America was much improved. There were a few surprises as 1600 KGYM and 1650 KCNZ both had excellent signals for quite a while. Several unusual stations from Florida were noted as well, examples are 970 WFLA, 1250 WHNZ and 1300 WFFG.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet on September 10-13. Some unsettled and active intervals are possible on September 14 due to effects from CH290.
|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.
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.
|2007.03||72.2||4.8||(11.1 predicted, -0.5)|
|2007.04||72.4||3.7||(10.7 predicted, -0.4)|
|2007.05||74.4||11.7||(10.2 predicted, -0.5)|
|2007.06||73.7||12.0||(10.0 predicted, -0.2)|
|2007.07||71.6||10.0||(10.0 predicted, +0.0)|
|2007.08||69.1||6.2||(10.3 predicted, +0.3)|
|2007.09||67.9 (1)||3.2 (2)||(11.5 predicted, +1.2)|
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.