Solar flaring activity over the past 24 hours was at low levels. The largest flares was a C5.2 flare with peak time at 09:09 UTC on February 28 from the south-east quadrant of the solar disk (around S19E31). Weaker C-class flares were also observed from NOAA ARs 3590, 3594, 3595 and 3596. There are currently 6 numbered active regions on the visible disk. NOAA AR 3590 (beta-gamma-delta) is the largest, most magnetically complex region, and has produced most of the flaring activity in the last 24 hours. All other regions were stable and have alpha or beta magnetic field configurations. NOAA AR 3586 is now beyond the west limb. The solar flaring activity is likely to be at moderate levels over the coming days with C-class flares expected, M-class flares probable, and a small chance for X-class flares.
Eruptive signatures (coronal dimming, flare ribbons, and development of a post-eruptive coronal loop arcade) were visible starting around 09:00 UTC on February 28 in SDO/AIA images in association with the C5.2 flare from the south-east quadrant (around S19E31), implying the possibility of an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME). No coronagraph images are currently available to confirm the CME occurrence. However, due to the favourable location of the source region, further investigation will be carried out to determine if and when any associated interplanetary CME (ICME) may be expected to arrive at Earth.
Over the past 24 hours the greater than 10 MeV GOES proton flux was at nominal levels and is expected to remain so over the next days. Some enhancements are possible in the case of an eruptive activity from NOAA AR 3590.
The greater than 2 MeV GOES 16 electron flux was below the 1000 pfu threshold and is expected to remain so in the next 24 hours. The 24h electron fluence was at nominal level and is expected to remain so in the next 24 hours.