INFO FROM SIDC - RWC BELGIUM 2015 Apr 17 12:30UTC
Out of several low C-class flares reported during last 24 hours, the strongest one was the C3.3 flare which peaked at 19:18 UT on April 16. The flare originated from the Catania sunspot group 33 (NOAA AR 2325). We expect C-class flares and probably also an isolated M-class flare, in particular from the NOAA AR 2321 and 2324 which currently have beta-gamma configuration of the photospheric magnetic field. No Earth directed CMEs were observed during last 24 hours.
The Earth is still inside a fast flow with the speed of 660 km/s. The interplanetary magnetic field magnitude has decreased to about 5nT, and the Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field is presently positive (about 1nT). If the Bz component will turn to negative values it might induce the geomagnetic storm conditions. In the late evening of April 16 and early morning of April 17, the solar wind speed reached the value of 780 km/s. Concurrently with the increase of the solar wind speed, the Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field had few intervals of negative value (mostly about -7nT, with minimum reported value of about -12nT). These conditions induced the geomagnetic storm, NOAA reported Kp=6 and local stations at Dourbes and IZMIRAN reported K=5 and K=6, respectively. The geomagnetic conditions are presently active, and we expect active to possibly minor storm geomagnetic conditions in the coming hours.