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The geomagnetic field was quiet on February 23. Solar wind speed ranged between 298 and 358 km/s.
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 84.2. The planetary A index was 2 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 1.8). Three hour interval K indices: 21000010 (planetary), 23110210 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is at the class A7 level.
At midnight there were 3 spotted regions on the visible solar disk.
Region 11049 decayed slightly and will rotate out of view at the
southwest limb today.
New region 11050 emerged in the southern hemisphere near the central meridian.
Spotted regions not numbered by NOAA/SWPC:
[S753] This region rotated partly into view at the northeast limb on Feb.23. Location at midnight: N17E77
February 21-22: No obvious Earth directed CMEs were observed in LASCO images.
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
No obvious coronal holes are currently in or near Earth facing positions.
Processed SOHO/EIT 195 image at 23:24 UTC on February 23. The darkest areas on the solar disk are likely coronal holes.
Long distance low and medium frequency (below 2 MHz) propagation along paths north of due west over high and upper middle latitudes is fair. Propagation on long distance northeast-southwest paths is poor.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be mostly quiet on February 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.
Compare to the previous day's image.
Data for all numbered solar regions according to the Solar Region Summary provided by NOAA/SWPC. 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 SWPC or where SWPC has observed no spots. SWPC active region numbers in the table below and in the active region map above are the historic SWPC/USAF numbers.
|Active region||Date numbered||SWPC
|Location at midnight||Area||SWPC
|11049||2010.02.17||3||3||S18W78||0010||BXO||classification was CSO at midnight, area 0040|
|11050||2010.02.23||8||8||S18W12||0020||BXO||classification was CAO at midnight, area 0040|
|Total spot count:||11||12|
|Month||Average measured solar flux||International sunspot number (SIDC)||Smoothed sunspot number||Average ap
cycle 23 sunspot max.
|2009.07||68.2||3.5||3.6 (+0.9)||5.49 / 4.55|
|2009.08||67.3||0.0||(5.0 predicted, +1.4)||5.70 / 4.89|
|2009.09||70.5||4.2||(6.8 predicted, +1.8)||3.88 / 3.61|
|2009.10||72.6||4.6||(8.7 predicted, +1.9)||3.66 / 3.56|
|2009.11||73.6||4.2||(10.7 predicted, +2.0)||2.45 / 2.63|
|2009.12||76.7||10.6||(12.9 predicted, +2.2)||1.41 / 1.92|
|2010.01||81.1||13.1||(15.4 predicted, +2.5)||2.93 / 3.07|
|2010.02||85.6 (1)||25.8 (2)||(18.3 predicted, +2.9)||(4.58)|
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/SWPC) sunspot number. The official international sunspot number is typically 30-50% lower.
3) Running average based on the daily SWPC ap indices. Values in red are based on official NGDC ap indices.
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.