Sunday, February 19, 2012

Report of Solar Flare, Storms and Geophysical Activity Latest news

Updated Feb 19 2200 UTC

Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity
SDF Number 050 Issued at 2200Z on 19 Feb 2012

IA.  Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from  18/2100Z
to 19/2100Z:  Solar activity was at low levels. New Region 1422
(N15E02) produced a C1/Sf flare at 19/0851Z. This region developed
rapidly on the disk as a 10 spot D-type group. The remainder of the
disk and limb was quiet and stable with no Earth-directed CMEs

IB.  Solar Activity Forecast:  Solar activity is expected to be low
with a slight chance for M-class activity for the next three days
(20 - 22 February), particularly from developing Region 1422.

IIA.  Geophysical Activity Summary 18/2100Z to 19/2100Z:
The geomagnetic field was at quiet to unsettled levels through about
19/0200Z.  For the following 6 - 9 hours, active to minor storm
conditions were prevalent. This increase in activity was due to
effects from a geoeffective coronal hole high speed stream. The
period ended with predominately quiet conditions with isolated high
latitude active intervals. During the period, ACE solar wind
velocities steadily increased from about 325 km/s, reaching a peak
of about 500 km/s at 19/0700Z. Through the remainder of the period,
wind speeds gradually decreased to 400 km/s. At 19/0220Z, the Bz
component of the interplanetary magnetic field reached a maximum
southward extent of -14 nT while Bt reached a maximum of 16 nT.

IIB.  Geophysical Activity Forecast:  The geomagnetic field is
expected to be at predominately quiet levels for the next three days
(20 - 22 February).