Monday, August 8, 2016

BARREL Daily update: August 8th 2016

Hej och god morgon (Hi and good morning), 

Today is the start of the daily e-mails. Today we will have our telecom a bit early at 11 am Eastern (Dartmouth time). The call in info is below. 


Update Summary

The link to the wind map which was discussed last telecom is here https://earth.nullschool.net/#2015/08/05/0600Z/wind/isobaric/10hPa/orthographic=20.80,64.85,3000/loc=11.611,65.655 but we should be getting wind maps and updates on the winds at our expected float altitude starting today or tomorrow from Kiruna. 

This year we're also working with the CCMC to get a better idea about possible incoming space weather. (We already use a ton of info from NOAA's Space Weather Prediction center as you can see below, but the CCMC will give us just a bit more info for our decision making. Also they have a summer student who's interested in science communication and modeling/forecasting... NOAA, she may be a fantastic future hirer :) ) They have a bunch of publicly available tools, and in particular one where we could put together all the information normally included below in the space weather section onto one webpage. Once that link becomes live I'll send it out in the following e-mail. 
    
News from Kiruna
Payloads up:
none
Payloads coming/which came down:
none

Space Weather  from Spaceweather.comSWPC.noaa.gov , http://relativisticballoons.blogspot.com/2016/08/space-weather-update.html,  and Kyoto (possibly others as well)

Kiruna Magnetometer:  http://www.irf.se/Observatory/?link=Magnetometers
It looks like there was a substorm last night, but no EMIC waves associated with it at this station. 
There was a nice EMIC wave at Kilpisjarvi but it was not seen at the other magnetometers in the array. 

Just a reminder Riometers are not my area of expertise, but it does look like there may have been precipitation associated with the substorm last night. 

GOES Electron Flux:
GOES 800 keV and 2 MeV electrons appear to have been disturbed and dropped out for a short time with the substorm activity possibly but appear to be recovered as of sending this e-mail. 

GOES Proton Flux:
nominal levels.

Solar wind speed: 
Vsw =  489.9 km/s

Solar proton density:
density =  3.9 protons/cm^3

Sunspot number:
63 and Sunspot AR2571 has a beta-gamma complexity which means that there is at a slightly higher chance for an M-class solar flare. Currently it looks like if we were so lucky for it to produce a CME, it may be Earth directed. However the chances of it flaring are low (see Anna's post on the blog). 

Flare activity:
6-hr max C5 
24 hr max C5
(Should also note that Anna the CCMC summer student has been working on a flare prediction model! )

Kp:
kp =   2 with a 24 hour max of kp = 4

SW magnetic field:
Bz = 2.9 nT north
Btotal =  4.8 nT

Coronal hole news
A coronal hole with a nice high speed stream should hit today or maybe tomorrow. It does look to be quiet wide so we may see high solar wind speeds for quite a while. We've got our summer CCMC student working on looking at what this high speed stream looked like at Stereo A which may give us an indication of the magnetic field orientation associated with it. 

AE:
Possibly substorm around 00 UT this morning. 

Dst:
quiet. 

Daily BARREL check in information: No Telecon today. 
Two hours earlier on Monday Aug. 8th 5pm Kiruna time (11:00 Dartmouth time, 10:00 Minneapolis/Iowa time, 9:00 University of Colorado Boulder, 8:00 Berkley time)
(normally Time: 7pm Kiruna time (13:00 Dartmouth time, 12:00 Minneapolis/Iowa time, 11:00 University of Colorado Boulder, 10:00 Berkley time)) . 

Phone number +1 641-715-3580
Access code 481960

Den unga flickan gillar inte broccoli
The young girl dislikes broccoli

Hej då och god kväll från Kiruna (Good bye and good evening from Kiruna), 

Alexa and the BARREL team.