Status Report

NOAA SEC Space Weather Advisory Bulletin #05-1

By SpaceRef Editor
January 15, 2005
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NOAA SEC Space Weather Advisory Bulletin #05-1

Official Space Weather Advisory issued by NOAA Space Environment Center
Boulder, Colorado, USA


2005 January 14 at 03:51 p.m. MST (2005 January 14 2251 UTC)


On 10 January, a new sunspot group emerged and was assigned NOAA Region
number 720. This sunspot group has grown rapidly and currently has an
area of 1540 millionths of the size of the Solar disk (about 18 times
the size of the Earth). So far this region has only produced minor
flare activity (R1). However, its growth and complexity suggest that it
is capable of moderate to strong levels of flare activity (R2 to R3
levels) during the next 7 days.

These types of flares lead to HF radio blackouts. The effects range from
minor degradation of HF communication (R1), up to wide area blackouts
on the daylit side of the earth for about an hour (R3).

Data used to provide space weather services are contributed by NOAA,
USAF, NASA, NSF, USGS, the International Space Environment Services
and other observatories, universities, and institutions. For more
information, including email services, see SEC’s Space Weather
Advisories Web site or (303) 497-5127.

SpaceRef staff editor.