Solar Activity Report for 3/14/04
- ** G-1 Geomagnetic Storm In Progress **
** Aurora Watch In Effect **
Although the Earth is leaving a high speed solar wind stream and the
solar wind speed is declining, G-1 geomagnetic storm conditions are
being observed as I write this, and an aurora watch remains in effect
for tonight. This event produced aurora what were seen and
photographed at a number of locations across northern Europe, Canada,
and the northern US. See this link for some impressive aurora
Tonight's geomagnetic storm should be the last hurrah, and I expect to
see conditions return to normal tomorrow. Sunspot region 570, once a
large sunspot region, actually split in half over the weekend. It has
lost some of its magnetic complexity, but still has at least an
outside chance of producing a significant flare.
The current solar and geomagnetic conditions are :
NOAA sunspot number : 61
SFI : 103
A index : 17
K index : 5
Solar wind speed : 428.2 km/sec
Solar wind density : 1.5 protons/cc
Solar wind pressure : 0.4 nPa
IMF : 5.7 nT
IMF Orientation : 3.4 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. C-class activity is
possible from Region 570.
Geomagnetic activity forecast :
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to unsettled with
isolated active periods.
Recent significant solar flare activity :