Space weather products *: 19/Apr/2018
Data updated every 12 minutes. This is the result of an automatic process. As such, the following plots might be based on wrong data, such as magnetically polluted data, spikes, or data resulting from temporal malfunction of the acquisition system.
* On the top we show the tri-hourly magnetic activity index K, which is calculated from the variations of the horizontal magnetic field components Y (East) and X (North), which are shown below in blue. From these records we obtain the derivatives dY/dt and dX/dt (in black) and from them, assuming a homogeneous ground conductivity of 0.001 S/m, the North (Ex) and East (Ey) electric field components respectively (in red), which generate geomagnetically induced currents (GICs) in certain technological systems, such as high voltage power transmission grids. In each network transformer, the induced current is proportional to these Ex and Ey, according to constants that depend on the topology of the grid and on both the lines and transformer resistances. In the bottom graph (in purple) we show the predicted GIC in a selected transformer of the Spanish 400 kV grid. The model was made by Ebro Observatory in collaboration with Red Eléctrica de España (more info).