Last major update issued on May 3, 2010 at 03:00 UTC.
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The geomagnetic field was quiet to major storm on May 2. Solar wind speed ranged between 285 and 724 km/s.
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 79.5. The planetary A index was 39 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 38.8). Three hour interval K indices: 11246665 (planetary), 11244544 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is at the class A7 level.
At midnight there were 2 spotted regions on the visible solar disk.
New region 11066 emerged in the southeast quadrant on May 1 and was
numbered the next day by NOAA/SWPC. Slow development was observed during the day.
New region 11067 rotated into view at the northeast limb on May and was numbered by NOAA/SWPC the following day. The region developed penumbra on both polarities during the day.
April 30 - May 2: No obvious Earth directed CMEs were observed in LASCO or STEREO 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
A well defined recurrent coronal hole (CH402) in the northern hemisphere was in an Earth facing position on April 30 and May 1.
Processed SOHO/EIT 195 image at 23:48 UTC on May 2. 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 very poor. Propagation on long distance northeast-southwest paths is poor.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be unsettled to minor storm on May 3 and quiet to unsettled on May 4. Quiet conditions are likely on May 5-7.
|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
|11066||2010.05.02||1||1||S27E16||0000||AXX||formerly region S763
classification was HSX at midnight, area 0020
|11067||2010.05.02||4||2||N23E55||0020||BXO||formerly region S764
classification was DSO at midnight, area 0040
|Total spot count:||7||3|
|Month||Average measured solar flux||International sunspot number (SIDC)||Smoothed sunspot number||Average ap
cycle 23 sunspot max.
|2008.07||65.7 (SF minimum)||0.5||2.8 (-0.4)|
|2009.07||68.2||3.5||3.6 (+0.9)||5.49 / 4.55|
|2009.08||67.3||0.0||4.8 (+1.2)||5.70 / 4.89|
|2009.09||70.5||4.2||6.1 (+1.3)||3.88 / 3.61|
|2009.10||72.6||4.6||7.0 (+0.9)||3.66 / 3.56|
|2009.11||73.6||4.2||(7.7 predicted, +0.7)||2.45 / 2.63|
|2009.12||76.7||10.6||(8.9 predicted, +1.2)||1.41 / 1.92|
|2010.01||81.1||13.1||(10.2 predicted, +1.3)||2.93 / 3.07|
|2010.02||84.7||18.6||(11.8 predicted, +1.6)||4.15 / 4.61|
|2010.03||83.4||15.4||(13.7 predicted, +1.9)||4.58 / 4.65|
|2010.04||75.9||7.9||(15.3 predicted, +1.8)||10.22|
|2010.05||78.7 (1)||1.9 (2)||(16.6 predicted, +1.3)||(21.25)|
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.