BARREL (Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses) is a multiple-balloon investigation that will study Earth's Radiation Belts.
Atmospheric losses of relativistic electrons play an important role in radiation belt dynamics; precipitation into the atmosphere may even completely deplete the radiation belts in some cases.
BARREL is the first NASA Living With a Star Geospace Mission of Opportunity, and will support NASA's RBSP (Radiation Belt Storm Probes) mission.
196 sunspots are now visible. NOAA has kept the likelihood of a M class flare at 35% and a 5% chance of an X class flare.
Kp is quiet kp = 1 with a 24 max of kp = 1
Bz = 0.3 nT south
Btotal = 3.9 nT
There are still the two holes which are at the westward limb and spanning across the upper middle portion of the sun. The SW from these holes are still expected to hit the Earth today or tomorrow.
From Kyoto: AE: at about 16:30 Jan 8th 2013 it looks like there could have been a small substorm or two. Dst: incredibly quiet!
Update on KML Files:
The KML files are back and I've almost caught up with all the reprocessing! If you copy your own version from the drop box folder make sure to also copy the lwt_map_icons. I am no longer using websites for the icons in case they go down again and instead I'm using icons from these folders. In order to have the balloons with the letters you need to have the icon folders in the same location as the kml file. If you don't have this folder all the icons turn into boxes with an x in it. All the description data and colouring stays the same, you just don't have the cool looking balloons.
Update on finding data gaps during conjunctions:
Now that the KML files are back in working order I have more time to spend with this.