Last major update issued on January 31, 2014 at 04:35 UTC.
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The geomagnetic field was quiet on January 30. Solar wind speed at SOHO ranged between 326 and 374 km/s.
Solar flux at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 160.5 (decreasing 21.8 over the last solar rotation). The 90 day 10.7 flux at 1 AU was 146.8. The Potsdam WDC planetary A index was 3 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 3.1). Three hour interval K indices: 22100000 (planetary), 22101311 (Boulder).
The background x-ray flux is at the class C1 level.
At the time of counting spots (see image time) spots were observed in 12 active regions in 2K resolution (SN: 256) and 11 active regions in 1K resolution (SN: 183) SDO images on the visible solar disk.
Region 11959 [S23W87] was quiet and stable.
Region 11960 [S15W83] was quiet and stable.
Region 11963 [S04W58] decayed slowly and quietly.
Region 11967 [S12E46] has multiple magnetic delta structures within the largest spot complex. An X class flare is possible. C5+ flares: M2.1 at 06:39, M1.1 at 08:11 (associated with a simultaneous filament eruption and a halo CME), major M6.6/2N at 16:11 UTC. The latter event was associated with an extensive full halo CME.
Region 11968 [N10E42] developed slowly and could produce C and minor M class flares.
Spotted regions not numbered (or interpreted differently) by SWPC:
S3064 [N23W24] reemerged with a penumbra spot.
S3071 [S10W04] was quiet and stable.
S3072 [S15W56] decayed slowly and quietly.
S3073 [N20E47] reemerged with penumbra spots.
S3075 [S12E69] was quiet and stable.
S3076 [N13W11] was quiet and stable.
New region S3078 [S23E17] emerged with a penumbra spot.
January 28: No obviously Earth directed CMEs were observed in LASCO
January 29: A halo CME was observed after a filament eruption in the southwest quadrant. While the core of the CME will not reach Earth, there's a chance a weak solar wind shock will be observed on February 1.
January 30: A halo CME was observed after an M1 event in AR 11967 at 08:11 UTC. The CME was faint over the west limbs and the north pole. A much larger CME was observed after the M6 flare in AR 11967 at 16:11 UTC. This CME could reach Earth on February 2.
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 upper middle latitudes is fair. Propagation on long distance northeast-southwest paths is poor.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet on January 31. On February 1 there's a chance of a few unsettled intervals due to weak CME effects. On February 2 quiet to minor storm conditions are possible due to CME effects.
|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
SWPC location on Jan.27: S06W25
SWPC location on Jan.27: S14W28
SWPC location on Jan.28: S14W24
|11966||2014.01.25||S12W43||merged with AR 11965|
|S3072||2014.01.28||2||1||S15W56||0007||BXO||SWPC has moved AR 11965 to this location|
|Total spot count:||62||136||73|
|Sunspot number:||112||256||183||(total spot count + 10 * number of spotted regions)|
|Weighted SN:||87||164||101||(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):||67||91||101||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||157.1 (1)||122.5 (2A) / 126.6 (2B) / 103.7 (2C)||(67.6 projected, +0.2)||(5.5)|
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.