Anyone know why the averages aren't up yet? I thought it was all automated and that there's several other monitoring institutions and hundred of enthusiastic sun watchers ready with auxilary data within minutes of the usual data source failing?
> Anyone know why the averages aren't up yet? > I thought it was all automated and that there's ....
I don't maintain this website, so I don't know exactly where the SFI for that display is 'scraped' from. But it is apparently down or showing a 'missing' value (e.g. -9999).
Lower your gaze to the N0NBH 'Solar Terrestrial Data' gadget and you'll see that SFI is currently 80. So, N0NBH gets his data from a different source, maybe this one: www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/latest/wwv.txt
In general, these automated displays tend to be more reliable than manually-posted entries, because computers don't get bored, distracted or de-motivated, so they're more likely to perform consistently, 24/7, than a human. But computers do get 'sick', like humans, and the network connections are not always there either, for one reason or another.
So expecting this data to be displayed faithfully, 100% of the time, is not a realistic expectation. (maybe 95% or greater would be more realistic)
It may be my dyslexia or dirty glasses, but it appears that the sunspot Dec. average of 22 is actually graphed at about the 15 mark on the ISES Sunspot progression graph. I think that the last few months have been graphed lower than the posted averages as well??