Last major update issued on May 18, 2007 at 04:40 UTC.
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The geomagnetic field was quiet to unsettled on May 17. Solar wind speed ranged between 284 and 305 km/s (average speed was 294 km/s, decreasing 20 km/s from the previous day). Early on May 18 solar wind density and speed is increasing slowly as the high speed stream from CH269 approaches Earth.
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 76.5. The planetary A index was 6 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 6.3). Three hour interval K indices: 12111123 (planetary), 12212122 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is below the class A4 level.
At midnight there were 2 spotted regions on the visible solar disk. The solar flare activity level was very low. No C class events were recorded during the day.
Region 10956 developed slowly and is magnetically still fairly complex.
An M class flare is possible.
Region 10957 decayed slightly and could soon become spotless.
May 15-17: No obvious fully or partially Earth directed CMEs were observed in LASCO imagery.
history (since late October 2002)
Compare today's report to the situation one solar rotation ago: 28 days ago 27 days ago 26 days ago
A recurrent coronal hole (CH269) in the southern hemisphere was in an Earth facing position on May 15-16.
Processed SOHO/EIT 195 image at 13:13 UTC on May 17. The darkest areas on the solar disk are likely coronal holes.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to active on May 18-19 due to effects from CH269 and quiet to unsettled on May 20.
|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) 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.
Daily monitoring will not resume until a local noise problem (related to construction work on a neighboring property) has been fixed. Occasional monitoring reports will be submitted when propagation is good.
April 8, 2007: Stations from the Canadian Atlantic provinces had strong signals during the night. Some stations from the northeastern USA and from Florida did well too, in particular 1510 WWZN was impressive.
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:||20||29|
flux at Earth
|International sunspot number||Smoothed sunspot number|
cycle 23 sunspot max.
|2006.11||86.3||21.5||(12.7 predicted, -1.5)|
|2006.12||84.5||13.6||(12.0 predicted, -0.7)|
|2007.01||83.3||16.9||(11.5 predicted, -0.5)|
|2007.02||77.7||10.6||(11.2 predicted, -0.3)|
|2007.03||72.2||4.8||(11.1 predicted, -0.1)|
|2007.04||72.4||3.7||(11.6 predicted, +0.5)|
|2007.05||77.1 (1)||13.8 (2)||(11.7 predicted, +0.1)|
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% lower.
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.