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SSNe24 7-day plot

Note: This plot is updated hourly. See below for a data-use summary.

Track the status of the solar-cycle for the past 12 months or for Cycles 23 and 24.

If you are looking for the observed sunspot number derived from optical observations of the sun, you've been miss-routed.
This link provides a comparison of the effective SSN shown on this page to the observed solar sunspot number.

The parameter shown in the upper plot is the effective sunspot number (SSNe) calculated using real-time foF2 observations collected during the 06- or 24-hour period ending at the date/time the SSNe is plotted for. The data plotted in the lower plot are the RMS percent difference between the foF2 observations used in the SSNe calculation and the model foF2 values generated using the SSNe in the URSI-88 foF2 model. The heavy and light curves for both SSNe and the RMS foF2 differences correspond to values calculated using the past 24 hours of foF2 data (heavy lines) and values calculated from the past 06 hours of foF2 data (light lines). Note the quasi-diurnal variation in the 06hr SSNe values, which is due primarily to unequal longitude spacing of the foF2 stations from which the SSNe are being calculated.

The dashed line in the SSNe plot indicates the maximum 24-hour SSNe that has been observed so far during Cycle 24. This might be from any of the SSNe values calculated during the day, so it might not correspond with the daily SSNe values shown elsewhere on this website. The maximum observed SSNe is calculated once daily, just after 0000 UT.

The heavy line along the top of the plot is a rough indicator of the number of foF2 values used in the 24hr near-real-time calculation. A wide line indicates that at least 350 values were used, and narrower line indicates less than 350 but more than 200, and no line indicates fewer than 200. The number of foF2 values used and the RMS foF2 difference can be used as an indicator of the usefulness and validity of a particular SSNe value.

The following table summarizes the observations used in calculating the most recent SSNe value. The X entry for a particular station/time indicates there was an foF2 value available and it was used in the SSNe calculation. A - entry indicates that an foF2 value was available, but it was excluded from the SSNe calculation (it was identified as an outlier point). The bar (|) symbol along the time axis of the table indicates the latest-data time (ie., data to the right of this column are from the previous day).

Date: 20160207                          000000000011111111112222 
GMLAT  Station              Used  Rej   012345678901234567890123 
-----  -------------------  ---- ----  +------------|-----------+
 49.7  Boulder                24   00  |XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX|
 49.4  Fairford               21   00  |XXXXXXXX  XXXXXXXX XXXXX|
 48.3  Warsaw                 16   00  |  XXXXXXXXXX|  X XX  XXX|
 46.8  Dourbes                24   00  |XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX|
 46.3  Pruhonice              23   00  |XXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX|
 42.1  Eglin AFB              19   00  |XXXXX XXX XXXX X XXXX XX|
 41.6  Khabasrovsk            11   00  |XXXXXXXX    |     X   XX|
 38.7  Wakkanai               12   00  |XXXXXXXX   X|        XXX|
 36.8  Rome                   22   00  |XXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXXX|
 36.3  Roquetes               21   00  |XXXXXXXXXXX |XXXXXX XXXX|
 35.4  San Vito               24   00  |XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX|
 34.1  Gibilmanna             23   00  |XXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX|
 34.1  Beijing                20   01  |XXXXXXXXXX  |XXXXXXXX-XX|
 33.2  I-Cheon                22   00  |XXXXXXXXXX XX XXXXXXXXXX|
 30.3  Ramey                  23   00  |XX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX|
 29.9  San Juan               24   00  |XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX|
 29.4  Jeju                   01   00  |            X           |
 28.7  Kokubunji              21   00  |XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX  XX XXXX|
 24.0  Yamagawa               17   00  |XXXXXXXXXX  XX X X   XXX|
 18.9  Okinawa                14   00  |XXXXXXXX    | X XXX   XX|
  0.9  Jicamarca              19   00  |XX  XXXX   XXXXXXXXXXXXX|
-22.3  Darwin                 20   00  |XXXXXXXXXXX | XXXXXXXX X|
-23.1  Cocos Island           21   00  |XXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXX  XX|
-25.3  Nuie                   20   00  |XXXXXX XXXX |XXXX XXXXXX|
-28.9  Townsville             21   00  |XXXXXXXXX XX|XX XXXXXXXX|
-36.5  Norfolk Island         17   00  | XXXXXXXXXX X  XXXX X X |
-36.9  Brisbane               24   00  |XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX|
-42.2  Hermanos               23   00  |X XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX|
-45.6  Perth                  05   00  |X      X  X |XX         |
-46.0  Canberra               17   00  |XXXX XXXXXX |  XXX  XXXX|
-------------------  -----  ---- ----  +------------|-----------+
  # Expected / # Received / Percent: 1272 / 570 /  44.8

If you would like to get a feel for how effective these effective-SSN indices are, foF2 plots comparing the observations with model foF2 values calculated using the NWRA and 55SWS SSNe values are available. There is a one-day delay between the latest SSNe values available and these plots to permit more data to arrive at the NOAA SWPC for comparison.

Chung-Li Plot Daily foF2 Comparison Plots

The foF2 data used in these calculations were obtained from the NOAA SWPC. These data are being made avaiable from SWPC on a test basis, so there will be occassional periods of data loss as their system is tested.

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