Last major update issued on October 22, 2013 at 06:35 UTC. Updates are likely to be irregular or very late until October 25.
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The geomagnetic field was inactive on October 21. Solar wind speed at SOHO ranged between 271 and 308 km/s.
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 135.8 (increasing 25.6 over the last solar rotation). The 90 day 10.7 flux at 1 AU was 113.6. The Potsdam WDC planetary A index was 2 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 1.5). Three hour interval K indices: 00000000 (planetary), 00002200 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux was at the class B7 level.
At the time of counting spots (see image time) spots were observed in 8 active regions in 2K resolution (SN: 216) and 7 active regions in 1K resolution (SN: 139) SDO images on the visible solar disk.
Region 11872 [S17W11] decayed slowly and quietly.
Region 11873 [N11W03] decayed slowly and quietly.
Region 11874 [S11W32] decayed slowly and quietly.
Region 11875 [N06E17] developed and become significantly more complex with two magnetic delta structures forming. The region produced an M1.0 flare at 00:22 UTC on October 22. Further M class flaring is likely.
Region 11877 [S12E41] is an elongated region with spots at both ends of the polarity fields. The trailing part is somewhat complex due to positive polarity flux emerging within the negative polarity field. SWPC has chosen to split the trailing spots off into AR 11879, however, there is no clear separation between the groups. An M class flare is possible.
Region 11878 [S09W70] decayed slowly and quietly.
New region 11880 [N11W15] emerged quietly.
Spotted regions not numbered by SWPC:
S2769 [N14E09] was quiet and stable.
A filament eruption near AR S2769 was observed beginning early on October 22. If there is a CME it could easily be Earth directed.
October 19-21: 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
No obvious coronal holes are currently in or near Earth facing positions.
Long distance low and medium frequency (below 2 MHz) propagation along paths north of due west over high and upper middle latitudes is good. Propagation on long distance northeast-southwest paths is poor to fair.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet on October 22-24.
|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
|N23W58||actual location: N17W58, SWPC has moved this region to the location of AR S2764|
|11879||2013.10.21||4||S13E52||0060||DSO||split off from AR 11877|
|Total spot count:||99||136||69|
|Sunspot number:||179||216||149||(total spot count + 10 * number of spotted regions)|
|Weighted SN:||137||159||92||(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):||107||76||82||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 peak)||96.7 (cycle peak)||61.1 (+1.2)||5.55|
likely cycle 24 max
|2013.04||124.8||72.4||(56.2 projected, -1.3)||5.40|
|2013.05||131.4||78.7||(55.8 projected, -0.4)||9.73|
|2013.06||110.1||52.5||(56.0 projected, +0.2)||12.60|
|2013.07||115.5||57.0||(56.1 projected, +0.1)||9.47|
|2013.08||114.6||66.0||(55.9 projected, -0.2)||8.27|
|2013.09||102.6||36.9||(55.4 projected, -0.5)||5.23|
|2013.10||121.4 (1)||74.6 (2A) / 110.2 (2B) / 63.1 (2C)||(53.9 projected, -1.5)||(9.12)|
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 the 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.