[ips-sf] IPS Summary Forecast for 20 May - issued 2331UT/19-May-2016 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

rwc rwc at ips.gov.au
Fri May 20 09:31:35 EST 2016

Solar X-ray flare activity was very low during 19 May UT and it is
expected to be very low with a fair chance of a weak C class flare
during the next 2 days. Coronal Hole (CH) 735 spans the solar equator
and connects to a large Northern polar coronal hole. Coronal Holes are
the source of fast solar wind. CH 735 has rotated into a geoeffective
location (i.e., potential for a Sun-Earth connection). There is the
possibility of a minor geomagnetic storm (Kp=5) today, 20 May, due to
the impact of CH 735. An aurora watch has not been issued because the
Moon is waxing toward full. The solar wind speed is currently about
430 km/s and it may start to increase today. Conditions for HF radio
wave propagation are expected to be mildly depressed today, 20 May UT,
becoming more depressed on 21 May if a geomagnetic storm eventuates.

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