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Solar-terrestrial indices for 24 August follow.
Solar flux 66 and estimated planetary A-index 5.
The estimated planetary K-index at 2100 UTC on 24 August was 1.

No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours.

No space weather storms are predicted for the next 24 hours.

Geo Magnetic Forecast:

NOAA Ap Index Forecast
Observed Ap 23 Aug 004
Estimated Ap 24 Aug 005
Predicted Ap 25 Aug-27 Aug 005-010-016

NOAA Geomagnetic Activity Probabilities 25 Aug-27 Aug
Active                03/40/40
Minor storm           01/23/23
Moderate storm        01/01/01
Strong-Extreme storm  01/01/01

NOAA Kp index forecast 25 Aug - 27 Aug
             Aug 25    Aug 26    Aug 27
00-03UT        2         2         3
03-06UT        2         1         4
06-09UT        2         1         4
09-12UT        1         1         3
12-15UT        1         2         2
15-18UT        1         3         2
18-21UT        1         3         2
21-00UT        2         4         3

Extended Three Day Forecast:

A. NOAA Geomagnetic Activity Observation and Forecast

The greatest observed 3 hr Kp over the past 24 hours was 2 (below NOAA
Scale levels).
The greatest expected 3 hr Kp for Aug 24-Aug 26 2019 is 4 (below NOAA
Scale levels).

NOAA Kp index breakdown Aug 24-Aug 26 2019

            Aug 24     Aug 25     Aug 26
00-03UT        2          2          2
03-06UT        2          2          1
06-09UT        1          2          1
09-12UT        1          1          1
12-15UT        1          1          2
15-18UT        1          1          3
18-21UT        1          1          3
21-00UT        2          2          4

Rationale: No G1 (Minor) or greater geomagnetic storms are expected.
Unsettled to active levels are expected on 26 Aug due to CH HSS

B. NOAA Solar Radiation Activity Observation and Forecast

Solar radiation, as observed by NOAA GOES-14 over the past 24 hours, was
below S-scale storm level thresholds.

Solar Radiation Storm Forecast for Aug 24-Aug 26 2019

              Aug 24  Aug 25  Aug 26
S1 or greater    1%      1%      1%

Rationale: No S1 (Minor) or greater solar radiation storms are expected.
No significant active region activity favorable for radiation storm
production is forecast.

C. NOAA Radio Blackout Activity and Forecast

No radio blackouts were observed over the past 24 hours.

Radio Blackout Forecast for Aug 24-Aug 26 2019

              Aug 24        Aug 25        Aug 26
R1-R2            1%            1%            1%
R3 or greater    1%            1%            1%

Rationale: No R1 (Minor) or greater radio blackouts are expected.  No
significant active region flare activity is forecast.

Extended Space Weather Discussion:

Solar Activity

.24 hr Summary...
Solar activity was at very low levels. No Earth-directed CMEs were
observed in available coronagraph imagery.

Solar activity is expected to continue at very low levels on 24-26 Aug.

Energetic Particle

.24 hr Summary...
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux reached moderate levels. The
greater than 10 MeV proton flux remained at background levels.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux is expected to be at normal to
moderate levels on 24-26 Aug. The greater than 10 MeV proton flux is
expected to remain at background levels.

Solar Wind

.24 hr Summary...
Solar wind parameters were nominal. Solar wind speed decreased from
approximately 380 km/s to near 350 km/s. Total field ranged from 1-3 nT
while the Bz component was between +/-2 nT. Phi angle was oriented in a
positive (away) solar sector.

Solar wind parameters are expected to remain nominal levels on 24-25
Aug. Late on 26 Aug, enhancements from the onset of a negative polarity
CH HSS is expected.


.24 hr Summary...
The geomagnetic field was quiet.

The geomagnetic field is expected to be mostly quiet on 24-25 Aug under
a nominal solar wind regime. Unsettled to active conditions, with a
chance for G1 (Minor) storm levels, are likely late on 26 Aug due to
anticipated coronal hole influence.

27 Day Forecast:

Date | Radio Flux | Planetary A Index | Largest Kp Index
2019 Aug 19      68           5          2
2019 Aug 20      68           7          3
2019 Aug 21      68           7          3
2019 Aug 22      68           6          3
2019 Aug 23      68           5          2
2019 Aug 24      68           5          2
2019 Aug 25      68           5          2
2019 Aug 26      67           8          3
2019 Aug 27      67           8          3
2019 Aug 28      67           8          3
2019 Aug 29      67           5          2
2019 Aug 30      67           5          2
2019 Aug 31      67           5          2
2019 Sep 01      67          38          5
2019 Sep 02      67          14          4
2019 Sep 03      67           5          2
2019 Sep 04      67           5          2
2019 Sep 05      67           5          2
2019 Sep 06      67           8          3
2019 Sep 07      67           8          3
2019 Sep 08      67           5          2
2019 Sep 09      67           5          2
2019 Sep 10      67           5          2
2019 Sep 11      67           5          2
2019 Sep 12      68           5          2
2019 Sep 13      68           5          2
2019 Sep 14      68           5          2

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