bradk > Sunspots drop to zero, and flux up to 90. Very L & P like, > time will tell if these spots pop or not.
Don't believe every sunspot count you see. That 'zero' is some kind of glitch.
There are now five (5) official active regions! Expect the SN to shoot up soon!! I. Regions with Sunspots. Locations Valid at 08/2400Z Nmbr Location Lo Area Z LL NN Mag Type 1153 N15W71 171 0080 Dko 05 08 Beta 1154 N08W51 152 0010 Hrx 01 01 Alpha 1155 N17E26 075 0010 Cro 02 03 Beta 1156 S19E43 063 0010 Cro 04 06 Beta 1157 N22E36 064 0010 Cro 01 03 Beta
Shucks! They found a way to make specks into a SSN of 71 (meaning I underestimated at 60). Is this why Leif tells us to use flux or area?
The SN is somewhat meaningless to me, because of the builtin latencies and other complications.
The microwave picture, IMHO, gives a much better estimate of what's going on. We can see 1153 will soon be gone, but there seems to be a 'replacement' on the east limb (but doubtful if it can fill 1153's shoes).
1154 and 1155 are tin whistles which will probably fade away soon. The remaining two, especially 1157*, look more robust and will probably provide some interesting activity.
*[edit: I say that because 1157 was flaring last night (B-level) but everyone was apparently too busy watching 1153 to notice]