I'm interested knowing when the solar flares are happening. How do you find out? I load three thumbnail graphs each day. http://www.n3kl.org/sun/images/status.gif? http://www.n3kl.org/sun/images/kpstatus.gif? http://www.n3kl.org/sun/images/noaa_kp_3d_half.gif?
When looking at http://www.lmsal. com/solarsoft/ latest_events/ summary_plot_ extmag.png The 1st and 2nd charts are X-ray magnitude, and then proton count. When the lines jump up, then there is activity reaching Earth. Looking closer at the 2nd graph, when the multi-colored proton counts appear, then the energy levels are up, there is a legend on the left showing Mev, or mega electron volts. The 3rd graph includes a color box showing Kp values, (a Summary of activity), one for each 3 hour period. Green is quiet, yellow, orange, and red are moderate to strong activity for the line in the graph, showing magnetic disturbance. When those start jumping up and down, then the storms, auroras, and pain levels for some of us are likely to be up. The 4th graph shows solar wind speed in km/sec, overlaying a solar picture. Here you can see exactly when the solar shock hits Earth, in GMT (Grenich,England Time Zone) The bottom two graphs show magnetic flux lines, but my connection is slow enough I rarely see them. Their server timeout is set too low.
If there's a site where it's posted (in words), would you share it?