Once sunspot region 696 rotated over the western limb, the activity
level dropped off dramatically, and all is quiet this evening.
Sunspot region 700 has been growing some, and has an outside chance of
generating an M-class flare. There is also a small coronal hole that
has rotated into an Earth-pointing position, and we could see some
solar wind gusts from it on or about the 19th. Aurora pictures from
the period of the 7th - 11th continue to come into spaceweather.com,
and they are now up to 9 pages of some really beautiful pictures. If
you haven't already looked, please to so. You'll be impressed.
The current solar and geomagnetic conditions are :
NOAA sunspot number : 57
SFI : 106
A index : 3
K index : 0
Solar wind speed : 405.1 km/sec
Solar wind density : 7.1 protons/cc
Solar wind pressure : 1.7 nPa
IMF : 5.3 nT
IMF Orientation : 1.2 nT South
GOES-12 Background X-ray Flux level : B1
Conditions for the last 24 hours :
No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours.
Forecast for the next 24 hours :
No space weather storms are expected for the next 24 hours.
Solar activity forecast :
Solar activity is expected to be at low levels. Region 700 has a
slight chance of producing an isolated M-class flare based on the
magnetic structure of the region.
Geomagnetic activity forecast :
The geomagnetic field is expected to be at quiet to unsettled levels
throughout the period.
Recent significant solar flare activity :