Status Report

Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity 03 Dec 2004

By SpaceRef Editor
December 3, 2004
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Prepared jointly by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA,
Space Environment Center and the U.S. Air Force.

Updated 2004 Dec 03 2210 UTC

Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity
SDF Number 338 Issued at 2200Z on 03 Dec 2004

IA. Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from 02/2100Z
to 03/2100Z: Solar activity was moderate. Region 708 (N08W12)
produced an M1/2f flare at 03/0006UTC. This flare was associated
with a full-halo CME and significant radio emission that included a
520 sfu burst at 2695 MHz and type II/IV sweeps. The sunspot
configuration has remained relatively unchanged following the flare.
Region 707 (S14W49) was stable. New Region 709 (N06E61) was

IB. Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity is expected to be low.
Occasional C-class flares are possible in Regions 707 and 708.
Another M-class flare may occur in 708.

IIA. Geophysical Activity Summary 02/2100Z to 03/2100Z:
The geomagnetic field was quiet. The proton flux at greater than 10
MeV is enhanced as a result of the M1 flare discussed in Part IA but
has not yet crossed the 10 pfu event threshold. The greater than 2
MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was high. The
Fredericksburg A index reported in Part V is estimated from Boulder

IIB. Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field is
expected to be quiet until the arrival of the CME associated with
the M1 flare discussed in Part IA. The arrival of the CME is
anticipated late on 04 Dec after which geomagnetic conditions are
expected to be at storm levels. A coronal hole high-speed stream is
also expected to begin to affect geomagnetic activity within the
same time period. The greater than 10 MeV proton flux may increase
with the arrival of the CME but is currently not expected to exceed
the event threshold.

III. Event Probabilities 04 Dec-06 Dec

  • Class M 20/20/20
  • Class X 01/01/01
  • Proton 05/01/01
  • PCAF green

IV. Penticton 10.7 cm Flux

  • Observed 03 Dec 101
  • Predicted 04 Dec-06 Dec 095/095/090
  • 90 Day Mean 03 Dec 108

V. Geomagnetic A Indices

  • Observed Afr/Ap 02 Dec 004/004
  • Estimated Afr/Ap 03 Dec 004/004
  • Predicted Afr/Ap 04 Dec-06 Dec 010/015-035/040-015/020

VI. Geomagnetic Activity Probabilities 04 Dec-06 Dec

A. Middle Latitudes

  • Active 30/60/30
  • Minor storm 10/20/10
  • Major-severe storm 05/10/05

B. High Latitudes

  • Active 50/25/40
  • Minor storm 30/50/20
  • Major-severe storm 15/25/10

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