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The geomagnetic field was quiet on May 15. Solar wind speed ranged between 337 and 443 km/s.
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 70.3. The planetary A index was 4 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 3.9). Three hour interval K indices: 21011111 (planetary), 22011000 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is at the class A2 level.
At midnight the visible solar disk was spotless.
May 13-15: 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 coronal hole (and extensions of apparently connected coronal holes in the northern and southern hemisphere) - CH404 - will rotate across the central meridian on May 16-17. A poorly defined trans equatorial coronal hole (CH403) was in an Earth facing position on May 11-13.
Processed SOHO/EIT 195 image at 23:48 UTC on May 15. 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 to good. Propagation on long distance northeast-southwest paths is poor.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be mostly quiet on May 16-18 with a chance of unsettled intervals due to effects from CH403. Quiet to unsettled is likely on May 19-20 as a stream from CH404 could influence the field.
|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
|Total spot count:||0||0|
|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 / 10.24|
|2010.05||76.2 (1)||11.6 (2)||(16.6 predicted, +1.3)||(9.63)|
1) Running average based on the
daily 20:00 UTC observed solar flux
value at 2800 MHz.
2) Current impact on the monthly SSN based on the Boulder (NOAA/SWPC) sunspot number (accumulated daily sunspots / month days). 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 the 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.