Space Weather TV

May 23, 2016

The SWTV Core Development Team has started the next phase of the websites development by incorporating our first product, which is still being developed, for high frequency propagation conditions for maritime, amateur radio and commercial communications which includes a daily discussion (see right / iPhone below). This product remains under development but is active and accurate. There will be some changes to the product in the future but so far it’s working as expected.

HF Propagation Observations

Space Weather Live

Xray Flux Long

X-ray Flux

X-ray flux tells us when and how strong a solar flare or coronal mass ejection is based on the levels, and duration, meassured of the long and short passband of x-rays released in an explosion on the solar disk (Sun). A rise in the x-ray flux tells us that something has occured on the solar disk that could effect Earth high frequency radio, satilite and GPS communications systems.
Solar Wind .5hr average

Solar Wind Speed

The Solar Wind is a field of plasma that travels from the surface of the Sun and slams into the Earths magnetosphere bending it backwards behind Earth. The more dense the plasma (proton density) the stronger the effects. This can lead to a geomagnetic storm. If a geomagnetic storm is produced you will see the K-index rise (right). The solar wind speed is currently: 474.5 km/sec.


This panel is in testing mode.The K-index is a measurement of the Earths magnetic field as it moves and distorts. K-indices are meassured at various locations throughout the world. Every three hours these meassurments are averaged producing the planetary K-index which characterizes Earths magnetic field disturbance as its buffeted by the solar wind. The higher the K-index the stronger the effects of a geomagnetic storm. K-indexs higher than 4 often produce aurora at higher latitudes.

Forecast May 20 - May 24, 2016

Aurora 5-day Outlook
In each table, top row shows whats expected, bottom shows possible max activity.
April 20 2016
The Sun is napping. Risk of C(>) flares is remote this Hamvention weeked and next week.

Dr. Tamitha Skov
Solar Forecast: May 12, 2016

Big events in the night sky

The biggest solar storm in 2016 thus far happened on the American Mother's Day holiday with aurora filling the skies all over the world. This storm reached a G3 level (NOAA scale) and caused aurora to be visible as far south as Germany and Arkansas and as far north as Perth and Sydney Australia. Unfortunately the storm caused GPS issues, especially where aurora was seen and caused the amateur radio bands to take a dive for nearly 72 hours. Communication on HF radio is slowly returning and should be near normal around Friday. Learn the details of the solar storm, catch up on the gorgeous aurora photos and see what else our Sun has in store this week.

Solar Imaging and Analysis
Computer Aided CME Tracking CACTUS

Solar Wind:
ACE Solar Wind

Magnetosphere, Ionosphere, Atmosphere:
GOES Magnetometer

Ionosphere D-Region Absorption (DRAP)
Auroral Oval Ovation Products
POES Auroral Global Maps
Global 3-hr Kp index
Wing Kp index prediction
USGS Ground Magnetometers

Multi-Purpose Space Environment Sites

Definition of Geomagnetic Storm, Radiation Storm, and Radio Blackout Levels:

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Thanks for making Space Weather part of our every day dialogue.

Sunspot Count

Saturday 28th of May 2016 01:58:12 PM EST

Spot #Lat,CMD Spot ClassMag Class
2546S07W0*HHX A
2548N13W49DSI B