Space weather

Impulsive M1.0 solar flare erupts from Region 2615

An impulsive, moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.0 at its peak erupted at 17:26 UTC on November 29, 2016. The event started at 17:19 and ended at 17:26 UTC. This is the first M-class solar flare since M1.3 on August 7, 2016. With the approach of solar...

November 29, 2016

Positive polarity CH HSS sparks geomagnetic storms

Earth is under the influence of a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). A sudden escalation in overall planetary geomagnetic response from a favorable solar wind environment and elevated solar wind streams triggered periods of G1 and G2...

November 25, 2016

Geomagnetic storm in progress, CH HSS influence expected until October 27

​Earth is passing through a stream of high speed solar wind produced by a recurrent, polar connected, positive polarity coronal hole. This is causing isolated periods of G1 class geomagnetic storming. G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm watch is in effect for October...

October 25, 2016

G2 geomagnetic storm in progress, G3 - Strong watch in effect for October 14

A filament in Sun's northeast quadrant erupted between 15:00 and 17:00 UTC on Saturday, October 8, 2016, producing an asymmetric, partial-halo CME. The CME, although faint, was first observed in LASCO C2 imagery beginning 00:48 UTC on October 9. It reached ACE...

October 13, 2016

Prolonged geomagnetic storming, isolated periods of G2 - Moderate levels

Earth is under the influence of a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) for several days now. Enhanced solar wind parameters are expected to continue through October 1, with G3 - Strong geomagnetic storm levels possible today. G2 - Moderate...

September 29, 2016

Recurrent coronal hole sparks another round of geomagnetic storming

High-speed solar wind from a recurrent coronal hole has sparked another round of geomagnetic storming on Earth. The solar wind environment is expected to remain elevated but steady through the rest of the UTC day before becoming further enhanced on September 28 and...

September 27, 2016

G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm conditions observed

During the past 24 hours, solar wind parameters transitioned from near background conditions to an enhanced state, causing G1 - Minor geomagnetic storming on Earth. This was most likely caused by the onset of co-rotating interaction region (CIR) ahead of a negative...

September 20, 2016

Positive polarity CH HSS sparks geomagnetic storm

Earth is under continued influence of a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS), which is now causing geomagnetic storms at high latitudes. K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm) threshold was reached at 08:59 UTC on September 1, 2016. ...

September 01, 2016

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