HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
The sunspot number and overall solar activity both remain quite low on
this first day of 2003. As I mentioned before, if I didn't know
better I would say we were close to the bottom of the sunspot cycle
instead of five years away from it. If it weren't for some coronal
hole activity, there would be absolutely nothing substantial to
report. As it is, however, there is a small coronal hole that is now
in an Earth-pointing position. High-speed solar wind gusts should be
arriving on the 3rd or the 4th. Look for an aurora watch to be issued
The current solar and geomagnetic conditions are :
NOAA sunspot number : 47
SFI : 115
A index : 8
K index : 2
Solar wind speed : 363.8 km/sec
Solar wind density : 2.7 protons/cc
Solar wind pressure : 0.7 nPa
IMF : 7.6 nT
IMF Orientation : 0.1 nT North
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 very low to low.
Geomagnetic activity forecast :
The geomagnetic field is expected to be mostly unsettled for the next
24 hours. An increase in geomagnetic activity is expected on the
second and third days, with expected levels being unsettled to
slightly active. The enhanced activity is predicted as a response to
effects from a favorably positioned coronal hole.
Recent significant solar flare activity :