Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BARREL Daily Update Feb. 4th 2014

Hi all, 

Things look hopeful on the Sun, We just need something to start happening at the Earth. Sunspot 1967 had a bunch more M-class flares, but no word on any CMEs from them. The sunspot right behind it, 1968, although not as complex produced a M class flare that has a CME directed towards us. We're still waiting on the modeling to determine when it may hit. 

We have the Coronal Hole which produced the large solar wind speeds back onto the sun. Last time it was around there was primarily Northward Bz, but one can always hope that this has changed. It is expected to hit us on Feb. 9th. Lets hope we still have some payloads up for it! 

Ground Weather:
Temp.: -9. C
Wind speed: 18 knots

Halley 6: 
Temp.: -13.4 C
Wind speed: 16 knots 

Payloads up: 
SANAE IV: 2A, 2B, 2E, 2F
Halley 6:  2O, 2P, 2Q

Payloads coming down:
2A is at a very low altitude and will likely be terminated in the next couple of days. 2F, and 2Q We've lost contact with them but hope to regain it before they self terminate. 

Collection times for EFW:  
A: 13:30 - 20:20

B: 12:45 - 19:45

A:13:15 - 18:59
A: 19:10 - 20:30

Halley Bay Search Coil Magnetometer :
some EMIC waves throughout yesterday and a nice bright short one this morning. 

GOES Electron Flux:
The electron levels have stayed at moderate levels, but thee were some dropouts/structure. 

GOES Proton Flux:
The proton levels are at moderate levels 

Space Weather from Spaceweather.com and SWPC.noaa.gov 
Solar wind speed: 347.0 km/s 
Solar proton density: 2.5 cm^(-3)  

Sun spot number: 168
NOAA has the likelihood of a M class flare at 80% and a 50% chance of an X class flare.  

There are currently no large coronal holes observed on the Earthward side of the Sun, but one is starting to peak around. 

Kp is quiet 
kp =1 with a 24 max of kp = 2

Bz = 0.5 north
Btotal = 8.0 nT  

From Kyoto:
AE: quiet

Dst: quiet.

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