Last major update issued on October 6, 2011 at 05:00 UTC.
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The geomagnetic field was quiet to minor storm on October 5. Solar wind speed ranged between 344 and 469 km/s. The CME observed on October 1 arrived at SOHO at 06:55 UTC causing unsettled conditions for the remainder of the day with the exception of 14-19h UTC when minor storm conditions were reported.
Solar flux measured at 23h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 126.7 (increasing 16.6 over the last solar rotation). The planetary A index was 20 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 20.0). Three hour interval K indices: 22235533 (planetary), 13334533 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is at the class B4 level.
At midnight UTC the visible solar disk had 9 spotted regions (in 2K resolution SDO images).
Region 11305 [N11W66] was quiet and stable.
Region 11306 [N14W46] was quiet and stable.
Region 11307 [N15W18] decayed slowly and quietly.
Region 11308 [S26E07] reemerged with small spots.
Region 11309 [N23E29] was quiet and stable.
Region 11310 [S33W10] decayed slowly and quietly.
Region 11311 [S12E06] decayed in the trailing spot section.
Region 11312 [N23E62] was quiet and stable.
New region 11313 [S14E69] developed quickly early in the day while little change was observed during the latter half of the day. Flares: C1.1 at 03:53, C2.3 at 07:43, C6.1 long duration event peaking at 11:22, C9.2 at 12:42 UTC.
October 3 and 5: No obviously Earth directed CMEs observed.
October 4: No obviously Earth directed CMEs observed. An impressive full halo CME was observed in LASCO images following an eruption in a very active backsided northern hemisphere region. This region will rotate into view in 2-3 days. Several filament eruptions were observed during the latter half of the day in the southern hemisphere. It's uncertain if any of these eruptions produced small partially Earth directed CMEs.
Coronal hole history (since late October
Compare today's report to the situation one solar rotation ago: 28 days ago 27 days ago 26 days ago
A northern hemisphere coronal hole (CH478) was in an Earth facing position on October 5-6.
The above coronal hole map is based on a new method where coronal holes are detected automatically. The method may need some fine tuning, however, it has significant advantages over detecting coronal holes manually. The main improvement is the ability to detect coronal holes at and just beyond the solar limbs. Early results using this method for SDO images over a span of several weeks indicate a good match between coronal holes observed over the visible disk and their extent and position at the east and west limbs. Note that the polar coronal holes are easily detected using the new method, the extent and intensity of both holes are consistent with other data sources.
Long distance low and medium frequency (below 2 MHz) propagation along paths north of due west over high and upper middle latitudes is poor. Propagation on long distance northeast-southwest paths is poor to fair.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to active on October 6 due to CME effects and quiet to unsettled on October 7-8. Quiet to active is possible on October 9 due to effects from CH478.
|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
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.
(Click on image for higher resolution image) Compare to the previous day's image
When available the active region map has a coronal hole polarity overlay where red (pink) is negative and blue (blue-green) is positive.
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
|Spot count||Location at midnight||Area||Classification||SDO / HMI 4K continuum
image with polarity overlay
|Total spot count:||35||48|
|Sunspot number:||115||138||(total spot count + 10 * number of spotted regions)|
|Classification adjusted SN:||71||86||(Sum of total spot count + classification adjustment for each AR. Classification adjustment: X=0, R=3, A/S=5, H/K=10)|
|Relative sunspot number (Wolf number):||69||46||k * (sunspot number). k = 0.6 for SWPC. k = 0.33 for STAR SDO|
|Month||Average measured solar flux||International sunspot number (SIDC)||Smoothed sunspot number||Average ap
|2008.07||65.7 (SF minimum)||0.5||2.8 (-0.4)|
|2010.07||79.8||16.1||16.7 (+0.3)||6.31 / 5.15|
|2010.08||79.2||19.6||17.4 (+0.7)||8.49 / 7.77|
|2010.09||81.1||25.2||19.6 (+2.2)||5.33 / 5.45|
|2010.10||81.6||23.5||23.2 (+3.6)||6.07 / 6.27|
|2010.11||82.5||21.5||26.5 (+3.3)||4.80 / 5.50|
|2010.12||84.2||14.4||28.8 (+2.3)||3.41 / 4.35|
|2011.01||83.6||19.1||31.0 (+2.2)||4.32 / 5.51|
|2011.02||94.6||29.4||33.4 (+2.4)||5.41 / 6.44|
|2011.03||115.0||56.2||36.9 (+3.5)||7.79 / 8.18|
|2011.04||112.6||54.4||(41.1 predicted, +4.2)||9.71 / 8.83|
|2011.05||95.8||41.6||(45.2 predicted, +4.1)||9.18 / 8.94|
|2011.06||95.8||37.0||(49.2 predicted, +4.0)||8.96|
|2011.07||94.2||43.9||(53.1 predicted, +3.9)||9.14|
|2011.08||101.7||50.6||(57.2 predicted, +4.1)||8.16|
|2011.09||133.8||78.0||(60.3 predicted, +3.1)||12.80|
|2011.10||130.8 (1)||16.5 (2A) / 102.6 (2B)||(61.8 predicted, +1.5)||(10.41)|
1) Running average based on the daily 20:00 UTC observed solar flux value at
2A) Current impact on the monthly sunspot number based on the Boulder (NOAA/SWPC) sunspot number (accumulated daily sunspots / month days). The official SIDC international sunspot number is typically 30-50% lower. 2B) Month average to date.
3) Running average based on the preliminary 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 on analysis of data from whatever sources are available at the time the report is prepared. All time references are to the UTC day. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
SDO images are courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.