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The geomagnetic field was quiet to unsettled on February 17. Solar wind speed at SOHO ranged between 311 and 383 km/s.
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 105.5 (decreasing 2.8 over the last solar rotation). The Potsdam WDC planetary A index was 8 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 7.8). Three hour interval K indices: 12222332 (planetary), 12223321 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux was at the class B2 level.
At midnight UTC the visible solar disk had 10 spotted active regions (in 2K resolution SDO images).
Region 11671 [N14W19] lost some trailing spots. Penumbra spots
emerging in the southeastern part of the region are being considered for a split
into a separate region.
Region 11673 [S09E44] developed slowly and was quiet.
Region 11675 [N12E18] developed further and has a magnetic delta structure in the leading penumbrae. Further minor M class flares are possible. C5+ flare: M1.9 at 15:50 UTC.
Region 11676 [S18E66] was quiet and stable.
New region 11677 [S26E68] rotated into view on February 16 and was numbered by SWPC the next day.
Spotted regions not numbered by SWPC:
New region S2241 [S13E73] rotated into view with a single spot.
New region S2242 [N18E52] emerged with one spot.
New region S2243 [S19W21] emerged with a penumbra spot.
New region S2244 [N14W53] emerged with several spots.
New region S2245 [S29W10] emerged with a penumbra spot.
February 15-17: No obviously Earth directed CMEs were observed in LASCO and STEREO imagery.
Coronal hole history (since October
Compare today's report to the situation one solar rotation ago: 28 days ago 27 days ago 26 days ago
A narrow trans equatorial coronal hole (CH555) - an extension of a southern hemisphere coronal hole - rotated across the central meridian on February 15-16.
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 unsettled on February 18-19 due to weak effects from CH555. On February 20 quiet conditions are likely.
|Coronal holes (1)||Coronal mass ejection (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 2K resolution) Compare to the previous day's image. 0.5k image
When available the active region map has a coronal hole polarity overlay where red (pink) is negative and blue 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 magnetic polarity overlay
|Total spot count:||24||72||38|
|Sunspot number:||74||172||128||(total spot count + 10 * number of spotted regions)|
|Weighted SN:||44||98||64||(Sum of total spot count + classification weighting for each AR. Classification weighting: X=0, R=3, A/S=5, H/K=10)|
|Relative sunspot number (Wolf number):||44||60||70||k * (sunspot number). k = 0.6 for SWPC, k = 0.35 for STAR SDO 2K, k = 0.55 for STAR SDO 1K|
|Month||Average measured solar flux||International sunspot number (SIDC)||Smoothed sunspot number||Average ap
|2011.11||153.5 (cycle max)||96.7 (cycle max)||61.1 (+1.2)||5.55|
possible cycle 24 max
|2012.08||115.4||63.0||(58.6 projected, +0.9)||7.96|
|2012.09||122.9||61.4||(58.7 projected, +0.1)||8.07|
|2012.10||123.3||53.3||(58.1 projected, -0.6)||9.97|
|2012.11||121.3||61.4||(57.4 projected, -0.7)||7.08|
|2012.12||108.6||40.8||(56.7 projected, -0.7)||3.44|
|2013.01||127.1||62.9||(56.0 projected, -0.7)||4.69|
|2013.02||104.6 (1)||32.1 (2A) / 52.9 (2B) / 39.7 (2C)||(55.0 projected, -1.0)||(5.48)|
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) Boulder SN current month average to date. 2C) STAR SDO 1K Wolf number 30 day average.
3) Running average based on the quicklook and definitive Potsdam WDC ap indices. Values in red are based on the definitive international Potsdam WDC 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.