Last major update issued on February 28, 2005 at 04:00 UTC.
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The geomagnetic field was quiet to unsettled on February 27. Solar wind speed ranged between 458 and 619 km/sec under the influence of a moderately high speed stream from CH148. The interplanetary magnetic field has been northwards most of the time and the disturbance from CH148 has so far been weaker than anticipated.
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 75.8 (lowest level since the previous solar minimum). The planetary
index was 8 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap
Three hour interval K indices: 02313221 (planetary), 13314212 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is at the class A2 level.
At midnight there were no spotted regions on the visible solar disk. The solar flare activity level was very low. No C class events were recorded during the day.
February 25-27: No obvious fully or partly Earth directed CMEs were observed.
history (since late October 2002)
Compare today's report with the situation one solar rotation ago: 28 days ago 27 days ago 26 days ago
A recurrent trans equatorial coronal hole (CH148) was in a geoeffective position on February 23-24.
Processed SOHO/EIT 284 image at 01:06 UTC on February 28. The darkest areas on the solar disk are likely coronal holes.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to active on February 28 due to coronal hole effects and mostly quiet on March 1-3.
|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) Material from a CME is likely to impact 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.
Long distance low and medium frequency (below 2 MHz) propagation along east-west paths over high and upper middle latitudes is fair. Propagation along long distance north-south paths is poor. Trans Atlantic propagation conditions are normally monitored every night on 1470 kHz. Dominant stations tonight: Radio Vibración (Venezuela), WLAM Lewiston ME and WWNN Boca Raton FL. Strong signals were noted from CJYQ on 930 and WBBR on 1130 kHz. There were stations from North America on many frequencies.
Compare to the previous day's image.
Data for all numbered solar regions according to the Solar Region Summary provided by NOAA/SEC. 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 SEC or where SEC has observed no spots. SEC active region numbers in the table below and in the active region map above are the historic SEC/USAF numbers.
|Active region||Date numbered||SEC
|Location at midnight||Area||Classification||Comment|
|Total spot count:||2||0|
flux at Earth
|International sunspot number||Smoothed sunspot number|
cycle 23 sunspot max.
|2004.08||109.6||40.9||(38.9 predicted, -1.4)|
|2004.09||103.1||27.7||(36.6 predicted, -2.3)|
|2004.10||105.9||48.4||(34.4 predicted, -2.2)|
|2004.11||113.2||43.7||(32.5 predicted, -1.9)|
|2004.12||94.5||17.9||(30.2 predicted, -2.3)|
|2005.01||102.2||31.3||(27.6 predicted, -2.6)|
|2005.02||98.0 (1)||46.8 (2)||(25.2 predicted, -2.4)|
1) Running average based on the daily 20:00 UTC observed solar flux
value at 2800 MHz.
2) Unofficial, accumulated value based on the Boulder (NOAA/SEC) sunspot number. The official international sunspot number is typically 30-50% less.
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.