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The geomagnetic field was quiet to active on March 25. Solar wind speed ranged between 445 and 503 km/s under the influence of a moderately high speed stream.
Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 68.5. The planetary A index was 10 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 9.6). Three hour interval K indices: 44231111 (planetary), 44332121 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is below the class A1 level.
At midnight there was 1 spotted region on the visible solar disk.
Spotted regions not numbered by NOAA/SWPC:
[S739] Spots reemerged in this region on March 25. Location at midnight: N25W01
An active region just behind the northeast limb displayed increased activity in STEREO-B images early on March 26. There's a slight chance of a C class flare.
March 23-25: No partially or fully Earth directed CMEs were observed in LASCO imagery.
Coronal hole 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
No obvious coronal holes are currently in or near Earth facing positions.
Processed SOHO/EIT 195 image at 23:48 UTC on March 25. The darkest areas on the solar disk are likely coronal holes
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 fair.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to unsettled with a chance of active intervals on March 26-27 and quiet on March 28-31.
|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.
Compare to the previous day's image.
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||SWPC
|Location at midnight||Area||Classification||Comment|
|Total spot count:||0||2|
flux at Earth
|International sunspot number||Smoothed sunspot number|
cycle 23 sunspot max.
|2008.09||67.1||1.1||(2.3 predicted, -0.4)|
|2008.10||68.3||2.9||(2.2 predicted, -0.1)
sunspot minimum candidate month
|2008.11||68.6||4.1||(2.4 predicted, +0.2)|
|2008.12||69.2||0.8||(2.8 predicted, +0.4)|
|2009.01||69.8||1.5||(3.5 predicted, +0.7)|
|2009.02||70.0||1.4||(4.5 predicted, +1.0)|
|2009.03||68.9 (1)||0.8 (2)||(5.6 predicted, +1.1)|
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/SWPC) 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.