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The geomagnetic field was very quiet on January 20. Solar wind speed at SOHO ranged between 285 and 306 km/s. Solar wind speed and density has increased slowly early on January 21, probably due to a low speed stream from CH600.
Solar flux at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 137.4 (increasing 9.1 over the last solar rotation). The 90 day 10.7 flux at 1 AU was 148.1. The Potsdam WDC planetary A index was 1 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 1.1). Three hour interval K indices: 00100000 (planetary), 00212321 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is at the class B5 level.
At the time of counting spots (see image time) spots were observed in 19 active regions in 2K resolution (SN: 303) and 17 active regions in 1K resolution (SN: 220) SDO images on the visible solar disk.
Region 11949 [S15W85] decayed slowly and quietly.
Region 11952 [S32W40] was quiet and stable.
Region 11955 [S13E09] decayed slowly and quietly.
Region 11957 [N12E08] gained spots and was quiet.
Region 11958 [S08E38] developed slowly and quietly.
Region 11959 [S23E48] developed slowly and is the most active region on the visible disk. C and minor M class flares are possible.
Region 11960 [S15E49] was quiet and stable.
New region 11961 [S11W33] emerged on January 19 and was numbered by SWPC the next day.
New region 11962 [S37E06] emerged on January 17 with SWPC numbering the region 3 days later. The region developed early on January 20 and decayed during the latter half of the day.
Spotted regions not numbered (or interpreted differently) by SWPC:
S3038 [N00E47] was quiet and stable.
S3039 [S20E17] was quiet and stable.
S3044 [S07E71] rotated fully into view.
New region S3048 [N07E43] emerged with a penumbra spot.
New region S3049 [S10E22] emerged with a penumbra spot.
New region S3050 [S09W10] emerged with penumbra spots.
New region S3051 [S13E67] emerged with several spots.
New region S3052 [S15E87] rotated partly into view.
New region S3053 [S08E07] emerged with a penumbra spot.
The most interesting event of the day was a long duration C3.6 event peaking at 22:49 UTC. Its source was a filament eruption near AR S3044.
January 18-20: 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 northern hemisphere coronal hole (CH600) rotated across the central meridian on January 18.
Long distance low and medium frequency (below 2 MHz) propagation along paths north of due west over 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 January 21-22 due to weak effects from CH600 and quiet on January 23.
|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:||30||113||60|
|Sunspot number:||120||303||220||(total spot count + 10 * number of spotted regions)|
|Weighted SN:||71||162||109||(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):||72||106||121||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|
possible cycle 24 max
|2013.07||115.5||57.0||(65.4 projected, +2.8)||9.47|
|2013.08||114.6||66.0||(67.8 projected, +2.4)||8.27|
|2013.09||102.6||36.9||(70.1 projected, +2.3)||5.23|
|2013.10||132.1||85.6||(70.0 projected, -0.1)||7.71|
|2013.11||148.3||77.6||(68.1 projected, -1.9)||5.68|
|2013.12||147.7||90.3||(67.4 projected, -0.7)||4.68|
|2014.01||163.1 (1)||86.8 (2A) / 134.5 (2B) / 101.1 (2C)||(67.6 projected, +0.2)||(5.7)|
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.