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FW: [cq-l] CQ News: Solar Update from NW7US

73 de N8AU, Jim in Raymore, MO

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 From the CQ Newsroom...

CQ Propagation Editor Tomas Hood, NW7US, provides the following update on 
the unusual (historic) solar conditions of recent days:

>I have just finished a talk with Christopher Balch from the Space
>Center, NOAA, regarding the super flare from 1955Z, 4-XI-2003.  This flare
>saturated the instruments on the observing satellites for about 13 minutes,
>during the peak of the flare.  This has made an accurate measurement of the
>flare's intensity difficult.  The instruments stopped at X17.4.
>The scientists and engineers who designed the original sensor equipment 
>back in
>the 1970's had events that caused saturations at much lower levels.  They
>redesigned things to handle X17-class events, thinking that it would be 
>This time, it was not.
>Since we do not have any accurate record of flare intensity prior to the 
>our perspective of this latest series of flares is somewhat 
>limited.  Certainly,
>X-class flares of this magnitude are not regular events.  But, they
>are not unheard of.  To pull out a rough estimate, but with very little
>confidence on this number, on how often we might see such activity, we
>this is something we could see every 20 to 40 years.
>Currently, as I write this, the Space Environment Center, who is the
>"last word" on what a flare's classification becomes, is finalizing their
>analysis on this super flare.  Chris has obtained two likely candidates: 
>Using a
>standard log-normal fit analysis, the flare was X25.  Using a result from
>individual from the University of Colorado, Boulder, who analyzed HESSI 
>data on
>the event ( http://hessi.ssl.berkeley.edu/ ), the flare was an X28.  The 
>SEC has
>a procedure that Chris is finalizing, and validating.  He will announce the
>final reading later today.  Most likely, this flare will be somewhere
>the X25 and X30 levels.
>Certainly, the geomagnetic storming of the last few weeks is one of the 
>in many years.  It is officially number six on the scale of intensity in
>last 30 years.  The two major sunspot groups, the number of flares, and 
>the CME
>activity makes this period the most active and intense of this solar 
>cycle.  We
>have witnessed a truely spectacular historical moment.
>What's coming down the line?  I usually base my forecasts on a 27-day solar
>rotation period.  What happens today in terms of geomagnetic activity is
>possibly what will occur 27 days from now.  Of course, sunspot and 
>coronoal hole
>activity might decline duing that rotation period.  The outlook is that in 
>5 to 10 days, a sunspot group that had a lot of activity is going to 
>rotate back
>around and start to influence space weather.  But the big question is: Will
>these huge sunspot groups that just left us retain enough energy to last 
>the 27-
>day rotation, to deliver another period of extreme solar weather?
>NASA is planning to launch in November 2005 the "Stereo Mission" (
>http://stereo.jhuapl.edu/mission/overview/overview.html ), which will 
>place an
>observing space craft leading the Earth's orbit, and another space craft
>trailing the Earth, such that they will be able to see around the sun at 
>what is
>coming and what has went.  This certainly will become a major tool in our
>forecasting of space weather, and propagation.
>I will post my propagation forecast on http://prop.hfradio.org/ late today.
>73 de Tomas, NW7US (AAR0JA/AAM0EWA)
>: Propagation Editor, CQ/CQ VHF/Popular Communications Magazines :
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