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A mild (Kp=5) geomagnetic storm is underway

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This is the third day in a row that geomagnetic storms have circled the poles. A mild (Kp=5) geomagnetic storm is underway. It looks like it subsiding now. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. The source of this activity is a high-speed solar wind stream buffeting Earth’s magnetic field. (SpaceWeather)

The magnetic field of sunspot 1465 has relaxed, reducing the chances of strong flares from the region.

Stay tuned for more updates!

WSA-Enlil Solar Wind Prediction

CURRENT CONDITIONS

Solar wind
speed: 604.4 km/sec
density: 0.0 protons/cm3

The Radio Sun
10.7 cm flux: 127 sfu

Planetary K-index
Now: Kp= 2 quiet
24-hr max: Kp= 5 storm

Interplanetary Mag. Field
Btotal5.0 nT
Bz4.7 nT north 

3-day Solar-Geophysical Forecast issued Apr 25 22:00 UTC

Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity is expected to remain at low levels with a slight chance for M-class activity for the next three days (26 – 28 April).

Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field is expected to be at quiet to active levels with isolated minor storm periods on day one (26 April) as the 23 April CME is expected to become geoeffective. Quiet to unsettled levels with isolated active periods are expected on day two (27 April) as effects of the CME wane. By day three (28 April), mostly quiet conditions are expected.

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