04. Nov 2021
The sun has been increasing its activities substantially over the past weeks. M- and small X-flares have been occurring frequently. On November 2nd region 12891 produced a flare with an accompanying CME, which reached Earth after 40 hours. It caused major and even severe storm conditions, but as the Bz component of the plasma field did not really turn south, the aurora did not reach very southern latitudes. Alas!
Log:11:37 GM4VVX IO78TA 20
11:40 SM6VTZ JO58UJ 35
12:13 SM7EYW JO65NK 45
hrd: SM7GVF JO77, LA3BO JO59, SK6DK JO67, DK3BU JO33 and PA0V JO33 all with QTF between 20-50 degrees
Comment:2 M-class flares (M1.7 and M1.5) that mixed up caused a strong aurora, reaching G3 level and creating visible aurora as far south as California.
The storm started on november 3 around 22utc and subsided on november 4 around 14 utc.
For West-Europe the aurora started too late, and too far to the west, so it was not possible to take full advantage of it.
Lack of activety during this period didn't help too.
Stations further east (UA3-4-9) and north (SM2-3-4/OH) where able to catch a bit more.
Here in JO32je the aurora became usuable between about 11.30-13.30utc, with some weaker aurora signals.