Space weather

Spotless Sun heralds Solar Minimum after CME producing Region 2567 departs

After Active Region 2567, the source of 7 M-class and numerous C-class solar flares between July 21 and 24, rotated away from the visible disk, our Earth facing Sun is again spotless. This is the third 'spotless Sun' since June 3, and although it is a...

July 25, 2016

3 strong M-class solar flares erupt from Region 2567, CME produced

Three strong solar flares erupted from Active Region 2567 early on July 23, 2016 - M5.0, M7.6, and M5.5. A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced during the third one, however, this region is not in a position to produce Earth-directed CMEs. The first flare...

July 23, 2016

Two M1 solar flares, flurry of C-class erupt from geoeffective Region 2567

After more than 3 months without any significant solar flare, our sun produced two consecutive M-class flares early on July 21, 2016. The source was Active Region 2567 ('beta-gamma' / 'beta'), currently moving out of its geoeffective position....

July 21, 2016

Geomagnetic storm in progress

A geomagnetic storm reaching G1 - Minor levels is currently in progress following the early arrival of July 17th Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The interplanetary shockwave produced by the long duration C1 flare on July 17, initially expected to arrive early on July...

July 20, 2016

Faint, asymmetric halo CME combined with CH HSS to hit Earth's magnetic field on July 21

Although solar activity was at low levels on July 17, 2016, geoeffective Active Region 2567 ('beta-gamma') managed to produce a long duration C1 solar flare. The event peaked at 06:42 UTC, producing a faint, asymmetric halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)....

July 19, 2016

Negative polarity CH HSS drives isolated periods of geomagnetic storming

Solar wind parameters reflected a brief enhancement associated with the arrival of a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) and subsequent negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) late June 22, 2016. A gradual increase in solar wind speeds began after...

June 23, 2016

Geoeffective coronal hole, geomagnetic storm in progress

A co-rotating interaction region (CIR) - the transition zone between slow- and fast-moving streams of solar wind - has hit Earth's magnetic field on June 14, 2016, sparking geomagnetic storms. As of 19:55 UTC, a G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm is in progress and...

June 14, 2016

Recurrent CH HSS causing geomagnetic storms

A recurrent, negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) has hit Earth's magnetic field causing geomagnetic storms on June 5, 2016. A G2 (Moderate) geomagnetic storm watch is currently in effect. This same CH HSS has affected Earth on May 8 with...

June 05, 2016

Strong geomagnetic storms in progress

A G3 - Strong geomagnetic storm conditions were observed beginning 05:59 UTC on May 8, 2016. G2 - Moderate to G3 - Strong geomagnetic storm conditions are expected through the rest of the day and possibly into May 9 and 10. This activity is caused by a recurrent,...

May 08, 2016

G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm

Enhanced solar wind conditions have fueled elevated geomagnetic field activity early May 2, 2016. Geomagnetic storms reaching G2 - Moderate levels have been observed. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm) threshold was first reached at 00:37 UTC on...

May 02, 2016

Impulsive solar flare measuring M6.7 erupted from Region 2529

An impulsive solar flare measuring M6.7 (R2 - Moderate radio blackout) erupted from Active Region 2529 at 00:29 UTC on April 18, 2016. The event started at 00:14 and ended at 00:39 UTC. This was the first M-class solar flare since M1.1 on February 15, 2016, the...

April 18, 2016

CH HSS causing isolated periods of G1 - Minor geomagnetic storming

Earth is under the influence of negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) since late April 12, 2016. This is causing isolated periods of G1 - Minor geomagnetic storming. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm) threshold was first...

April 14, 2016

Geomagnetic storm in progress

A geomagnetic storm reaching G1 - Minor levels is currently in progress as Earth enters a stream of positive polarity high-speed solar wind. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm) threshold was reached at 20:40 UTC on April 7: Space Weather Message...

April 07, 2016

Recurrent CH HSS causing geomagnetic storming on Earth

Our planet is passing through a stream of fast-moving, negative polarity solar wind. Geomagnetic storming reached G1 - Minor levels at 17:24 UTC. A G2 - Moderate warning is in effect for the rest of the UTC day. This is a recurrent CH HSS, responsible for G3 -...

April 02, 2016

A new round of geomagnetic storming sparked

A new round of geomagnetic storming is in progress on March 15, 2016. Solar wind parameters are enhanced since late March 14 due to the onset of a negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) and are expected to remain like that through March 16....

March 15, 2016

G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm in progress

After strong G3 geomagnetic storm on March 6 and 7, solar wind parameters increased again around 04:00 UTC on March 11. The cause is most likely a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from March 6. Interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) total field (Bt) valuese steadly...

March 11, 2016

Negative polarity CH HSS causes geomagnetic storming on Earth

A negative polarity, coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) became geoeffective early March 6, 2016, causing an increase in solar wind speeds and an enhanced interplanetary magnetic field. A G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm began at 17:28 UTC, increased to G2 -...

March 06, 2016