SolarHam.com - Older News Archive (May 2016)

May 21, 2016 @ 10:15 UTC
Minor (G1) Storm
A period of minor (G1) geomagnetic storming was observed early Saturday morning at higher latitudes thanks to gentle solar wind enhancements. A return to quieter levels is likely during the next 6-12 hours.

May 19, 2016 @ 01:25 UTC
Solar Update / Minor Storm Watch
Good evening. Below is an updated look at the visible solar disk as we head into Thursday. Solar activity is currently at very low levels. Both visible numbered regions are currently stable and not a likely threat for noteworthy solar flares at this time. No Earth directed coronal mass ejections were observed during the past day.

A minor (G1) geomagnetic storm watch will be in effect for the next 24-48 hours as a coronal hole stream is expected to possibly become geoeffective. Sky watchers at higher latitudes should be alert for visible aurora during the next few days. Stay tuned to SolarHam.com for the latest information.

May 17, 2016 @ 00:55 UTC
No Storms Detected
A solar wind stream predicted to generate minor geomagnetic storming has so far failed to materialize. The outlook for the next 48 hours is a period of quiet conditions. More updates to follow whenever necessary.

May 15, 2016 @ 22:40 UTC
Geomagnetic Storm Watch
A high speed solar wind stream is expected to become geoeffective during the next 24 hours. Enhanced geomagnetic activity, possibly reaching minor (G1) strorm levels will be possible. Sky watchers at higher latitudes should be alert for visual aurora.

May 12, 2016 @ 02:10 UTC
Solar Update
Good evening. Attached is an updated look at the visible solar disk as we head into Thursday. Solar activity is currently at very low levels. Minor C-Flares will be possible during the next 24 hours with Regions 2542 and 2543 being the most likely source. Stay tuned to SolarHam.com for the most up to date spaceweather data and imagery.

Below is a pretty sweet aurora image sent to us by Fred Péron from Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec, Canada. This was captured during the geomagnetic storm on May 8th. Thanks for sharing!

May 10, 2016 @ 02:00 UTC
Strong Storm Subsides
A long lasting period of moderate to strong geomagnetic storming has subsided, although isolated periods of minor (G1) storming will remain possible while a high speed solar wind stream continues to move past our planet. A return to quieter conditions is expected within 48 hours. The storm provided many at middle to high latitudes a chance to view a great aurora light show. Christopher Teren from Washington State, USA shares with us the fantastic image below that he captured during the storm. Nice job!

May 9, 2016 @ 01:30 UTC
Storming Continues
Sky watchers at middle to higher latitudes should remain alert for visible aurora tonight as Moderate (G2) to Strong (G3) geomagnetic storming will be possible. The solar wind remains elevated above 600 km/s and the Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) is mostly in a south pointing orientation.

WARNING: Geomagnetic K-index of 7 or greater expected
Valid From: 2016 May 08 2355 UTC
Valid To: 2016 May 09 0400 UTC
Warning Condition: Onset
NOAA Scale: G3 or greater - Strong to Extreme

May 8, 2016 @ 08:55 UTC
Geomagnetic Storm Warning
A moderate (G2) to Strong (G3) geomagnetic storm is currently in progress. Sky watchers at higher latitudes should be alert for visible aurora if dark outside. The increased activity is the result of an enhanced solar wind stream containing an extended period of southward BZ. Below is an awesome aurora photo by Brian Drourr who captured the shot from Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada early this morning. Thanks for sharing!

ALERT: Geomagnetic K-index of 6
Threshold Reached: 2016 May 08 0807 UTC
Synoptic Period: 0600-0900 UTC
Active Warning: Yes
NOAA Scale: G2 - Moderate

May 4, 2016 @ 23:30 UTC
Solar Update
Good evening. Solar activity continues at low levels with only minor C-Flares detected during the past 24 hours. A new sunspot turned into view off the east limb and was assigned region 2542. There will remain a chance for minor C-Flares during the next 24 hours.

Geomagnetic activity returned to quieter levels and this trend is expected to continue during the next few days. Increased activity may be possible beginning late this weekend when a mid latitude coronal hole becomes geoffective. Stay tuned to SolarHam.com for the latest data and imagery.

May 2, 2016 @ 00:05 UTC
Aurora Watch
Minor solar wind enhancements including periods of southward Bz is contributing to elevated geomagnetic activity at higher latitudes. Sky watchers at higher latitudes should be alert for visible aurora should local light and weather conditions allow.

UPDATE @ 09:00 UTC: A brief period of Moderate (G2) storming was reported at very high latitudes. Conditions should gradually return to quieter levels during the next 24 hours.

ALERT: Geomagnetic K-index of 6
Threshold Reached: 2016 May 02 0520 UTC
Synoptic Period: 0300-0600 UTC
Active Warning: Yes
NOAA Scale: G2 - Moderate