Status Report

Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity 31 May 2003

By SpaceRef Editor
May 31, 2003
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SDF Number 151 Issued at 2200Z on 31 May 2003

IA. Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from 30/2100Z
to 31/2100Z: Solar activity was high. Region 365 (S07W72) produced
an M9/2b flare at 31/0224 UTC. The flare was accompanied by a 1300
sfu radio burst at 2695 MHz, a Type II radio sweep, and a CME
observed by the SOHO spacecraft to be directed mostly towards the
southwest. This region also generated a few C-class subflares during
the past day. Further decay, mostly in penumbral area, is evident
since yesterday.

IB. Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity is expected to be
moderate to high. Region 365 may produce yet another major flare
before it passes the west solar limb.

IIA. Geophysical Activity Summary 30/2100Z to 31/2100Z:
The geomagnetic field ranged from quiet to major storm levels. The
most disturbed period occurred from 31/0300-0600 UTC and has since
been quiet to unsettled at most locations. A greater than 10 MeV
proton event started at 31/0440 UTC, reached a 27 pfu peak at
31/0645 UTC, and ended at 31/1440 UTC.

IIB. Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field is
expected to be mostly unsettled to active with a chance of isolated
storm conditions at local nighttime. The field may become
increasingly disturbed by 03 June due to a recurrent coronal hole
high-speed stream.

III. Event Probabilities 01 Jun-03 Jun

  • Class M 80/50/10
  • Class X 20/10/01
  • Proton 20/10/01
  • PCAF yellow

IV. Penticton 10.7 cm Flux

  • Observed 31 May 113
  • Predicted 01 Jun-03 Jun 110/100/090
  • 90 Day Mean 31 May 125

V. Geomagnetic A Indices

  • Observed Afr/Ap 30 May 036/049
  • Estimated Afr/Ap 31 May 025/040
  • Predicted Afr/Ap 01 Jun-03 Jun 015/025-015/015-020/030

VI. Geomagnetic Activity Probabilities 01 Jun-03 Jun

A. Middle Latitudes

  • Active 20/15/30
  • Minor storm 10/05/05
  • Major-severe storm 05/01/01

B. High Latitudes

  • Active 50/30/60
  • Minor storm 20/05/05
  • Major-severe storm 10/01/01

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