Solar Terrestrial Activity Report

Activity chart

Last major update issued on March 15, 2024 at 06:35 UT

Charts (* = updated daily) Data and archive
  Solar wind (*) Solar and geomagnetic data - last month (*)
  Electron fluence (*) Archived daily reports and monthly data since 2003.01 (March 2, 2024)
Solar cycle Solar cycles 23-25 (March 2, 2024) Historical solar and geomagnetic data charts 1954-2006 (April 5, 2007)
  Cycle 24-25 progress (March 2, 2024) Noon SDO sunspot count 1K image / 4K (*)
  Solar cycles 1-24 (July 1, 2020) POES auroral activity level [October 2009 - December 2012]
  Comparison of cycles 21-25 (March 2, 2024) 3rd SSN Workshop, Tucson, 2013
  Comparison of cycles 12-14, 16, 24-25 (March 2, 2024) 4th SSN Workshop, Locarno, 2014
  Solar polar fields vs. solar cycles (March 3, 2024) Cycle 25 spots (final update December 25, 2019)
  Solar cycles 24-25 transition using 365d smoothing Research: Solar Cycle 25 Started on November 17, 2019 with 365 Days Smoothing
Calculating the Strength of Solar Cycle 25 Using 365-day Smoothing

Recent activity

The geomagnetic field was quiet to unsettled on March 14 due to effects from CH1204. Solar wind speed at SOHO ranged between 377 and 467 km/sec. The high latitude magnetometer at Andenes recorded quiet to major storm levels. The above 10 MeV proton flux was background levels all day.

Solar flux density measured at 20h UT on 2.8 GHz was 127.1 - decreasing 41.7 over the previous solar rotation. (Centered 1 year average SF at 1 AU - 183 days ago: 156.30. In comparison SC24 peaked on June 28, 2014 at 145.50. Current SC25 peak: 158.71 on June 27, 2023). The Potsdam WDC planetary A index was 7 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 7.3). Three hour interval K indices: 12221123 (planetary), 121233** (Boulder), 13111346 (Andenes).

The background x-ray flux is at the class B9 level (GOES 16).

At the time of counting spots (see image time), spots were observed in 11 active regions using 2K resolution (SN: 164) and in 9 active regions using 1K resolution (SN: 117) SDO/HMI images.

Region 13604 [N08W49] was quiet and stable.
Region 13605 [S15W67] was quiet and stable.
Region 13606 [N08E00] decayed quickly and quietly.
Region 13607 [S17E18] was quiet and stable.
Region 13608 [N15E27] decayed slowly and quietly.
Region 13610 [S17E54] decayed slowly and quietly.
New region 13611 [N28E60] rotated into view on March 13 and was numbered the next day by SWPC.

Spotted regions not observed (or interpreted differently) by SWPC/USAF:
S9484 [S19W18] was quiet and stable.
S9499 [N14W02] was quiet and stable.
New region S9501 [N22W42] emerged quickly late in the day. C flares are possible. C1 flares: C1.3 @ 20:24 UT
New region S9502 [N25E09] emerged with a tiny spot.

AR 13599 produced several C1 flares while at the southwest limb: C1.7 @ 02:31, C1.4 @ 03:01, C1.7 @ 04:04, C1.0 @ 05:16, C1.3 @ 07:14, C1.3 @ 08:53, C1.5 @ 09:20, C1.3 @ 13:39, C1.0 @ 16:54, C1.8 @ 20:57, C1.2 @ 21:41 UT

C2+ flares

Magnitude Peak time (UT) Location Source Recorded by Comment
C3.7 02:15   13599 GOES16  
M1.0 06:04 S11W82 13599 GOES16  
C4.0 10:59   13599 GOES16  
C3.0 17:58   13599 GOES16  

Coronal mass ejections (CMEs)

March 12-14: No obviously Earth directed CMEs were observed.

Coronal holes

[Coronal hole history (since October 2002)]
[Compare today's report to the situation one solar rotation ago: 28 days ago 27 days ago 26 days ago]

A small positive polarity northern hemisphere coronal hole (CH1204) rotated across the central meridian on March 10. A small negative polarity southern hemisphere coronal hole (CH1205) was Earth facing on March 13. A positive polarity northern hemisphere coronal hole (CH1206) was in an Earth facing position on March 14.

Propagation

Long distance low and medium frequency (below 2 MHz) propagation along paths north of due west over upper middle and high latitudes is poor. Propagation on long distance northeast-southwest paths is poor.

Forecast

The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to unsettled on March 15 due to effects from CH1204. On March 16-17 we could see weak effects from CH1205, possibly resulting in a few unsettled intervals.

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: 0-30% probability, Yellow: 30-70% probability, Red: 70-100% probability.

Active solar regions


(Click on image for 2K resolution). 4K 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 officially numbered solar regions according to the Solar Region Summary provided by NOAA/SWPC, all other regions are numbered sequentially as they emerge using the STAR spot number. 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. SWPC data considered to be not sufficiently precise (location, area, classification) are colored red.

Active region SWPC date numbered
STAR detected
Spot count Location at midnight Area Classification SDO / HMI 4K continuum
image with magnetic polarity overlays
Comment
SWPC/
USAF
Magnetic
(SDO)
SWPC STAR Current Previous
2K 1K
13599 2024.02.29
2024.03.01
2     S13W94 0070 CAO     rotated out of view
13600 2024.03.01
2024.03.02
      S17W85          

location: S18W83

13603 2024.03.03
2024.03.04
      N13W86           location: N13W77
13604 2024.03.04
2024.03.05
  3 1 N08W55 0006   BXO

location: N08W49

S9478 2024.03.05       S08W56            
13605 2024.03.07
2024.03.07
  3   S13W72 0003   BXO

location: S15W67

S9484 2024.03.07   7 1 S19W18 0008   AXX  
S9485 2024.03.08       S33W49            
13606 2024.03.10
2024.03.12
3 4 3 N09E01 0020 CRO BXO area: 0012

location: N08E00

13608 2024.03.10
2024.03.13
1 2 1 N11E28 0010 AXX BXO location: N15E27

area: 0005

S9491 2024.03.11       N06W01            
13609 2024.03.11 1     N06E37 0010 AXX     location: N05E35

spotless

13607 2024.03.11
2024.03.13
8 21 11 S18E19 0080 DAO DAO area: 0100

location: S17E18

S9494 2024.03.11       N26W09            
S9495 2024.03.12       N32W38            
13610 2024.03.12
2024.03.13
2 2 2 S16E55 0020 HRX HRX location: S17E54
S9497 2024.03.13       S09W39          
13611 2024.03.13
2024.03.14
1 2 1 N26E59 0030 HSX HSX area: 0040

location: N28E60

S9499 2024.03.13   4 3 N14W02 0010   BXO  
S9501 2024.03.14   5 4 N22W42 0025   DRO    
S9502 2024.03.14   1   N25E09 0002   AXX    
Total spot count: 18 54 27  
Sunspot number: 88 164 117  (total spot count + 10 * number of spotted regions)
Weighted SN: 39 70 43  (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): 97 90 94  

Monthly solar cycle data

Month Average solar flux International sunspot number
(WDC-SILSO)
Smoothed sunspot number (4) Average ap
(3)
Measured 1 AU
2014.02 170.3
(cycle peak)
166.3 146.1 (SC24 peak) 110.5 10.70
2014.04 143.9 144.8 112.5 116.4 (SC24 solar max) 7.88
2017.09 91.3 92.3 43.6 18.2 (-1.3) 18.22
(SC24 peak)
2019.11 70.2 68.7 0.5 2.0 (-0.6)
(Solar minimum using 365d smoothing:
November 17, 2019)
4.19
2019.12 70.8 68.6 1.6 1.8 (-0.2)
(ISN 13 months smoothed
solar minimum)
3.22
2022.08 114.2 117.1 74.6 92.6 (+5.9) 10.92
2022.09 135.1 136.5 96.0 96.5 (+3.9) 12.18
2022.10 133.5 132.7 95.5 98.9 (+2.4) 11.16
2022.11 123.4 120.7 80.5 101.2 (+2.3) 9.33
2022.12 147.9 143.4 112.8 106.7 (+5.5) 10.99
2023.01 182.4 176.6 144.4 113.3 (+6.6) 8.73
2023.02 167.2 163.2 111.3 117.8 (+3.5) 14.48
(current
SC25 peak)
2023.03 157.2 155.6 123.3 121.1 (+3.3) 14.42
2023.04 145.4 146.4 97.6 122.9 (+1.8) 13.40
2023.05 155.6 159.2 137.4 124.1 (+1.2) 10.67
2023.06 161.7 166.8 160.5 125.2 (+1.1)
(SC25 solar max candidate)
8.95
2023.07  176.4 182.2 160.0 124.3 (-0.9) 8.15
2023.08  153.7 157.6 114.8 124.0 (-0.3) 7.19
2023.09  154.4 156.0 134.2 (124.2 projected, +0.2) 14.26
2023.10  142.8 141.9 99.4 (125.0 projected, +0.8) 8.16
2023.11 153.5 150.2 105.4 (125.0 projected, -0.0) 12.20
2023.12 151.1 146.4 114.2 (121.7 projected, -3.3) 9.60
2024.01 164.6 159.3 123.0 (118.3 projected, -3.4) 5.46
2024.02 172.5 168.3 124.6 (117.5 projected, -0.8) 5.31
2024.03 136.3 (1)   42.1 (2A) / 93.1 (2B) / 115.9 (2C) (116.9 projected, -0.6) (8.8)
2024.04       (116.9 projected, -0.0)  
2024.05       (118.1 projected, +1.2)  
2024.06       (117.3 projected, -0.8)  
2024.07       (115.6 projected, -1.7)  
2024.08       (113.7 projected, -1.9)  
2024.09       (112.0 projected, -1.7)  

1) Running average based on the daily 20:00 UTC observed solar flux value at 2800 MHz and any corrections applied to that measurement.
2A) Current impact on the monthly sunspot number based on the Boulder (NOAA/SWPC) sunspot number (accumulated daily sunspots / month days).
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 GFZ Potsdam WDC ap indices.
4) Source: WDC-SILSO, Royal Observatory Of Belgium, Brussels

Solar cycles 24-25

Smoothed SF and sunspot numbers

Update on the progress of solar cycle 25 as of March 10, 2024

Solar activity saw a significant decrease during the latter half of February and the first part of March. While there is still a chance that there could be another and higher peak in October or November 2023, chances that June 2023 was solar max has increased. After November 2023 there is currently no other obvious candidate solar max month. Taking into account the state of the solar polar fields another major peak during SC25 is becoming less likely.

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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 Universal Time. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

SDO images are courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.