Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports:

Solar activity increased over this reporting week, July 14 to 20, with average daily sunspot number rising from 102.1 to 137.3, and average daily solar flux from 147.4 to 157.6.

Peak sunspot number was 166 on July 17, and peak solar flux was 171.4 on July 15.

Geomagnetic activity peaked on July 19 when planetary A index was 26 and middle latitude A index at 19.  Alaska’s high latitude college A index was 43, with the K index at 6, 5, 5, 6 and 5 at 0900 to 2000 UTC.

Average daily planetary A index decreased this week from 12.4 to 9.4.

A crack opened in the earth’s magnetic field on July 19, allowing

solar wind to stream in.  It is documented here:

https://www.spaceweather.com/images2022/19jul22/data.jpg

At 2241 UTC on July 20 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic warning.  An increase in geomagnetic activity is expected over 22 to 24 July due to the onset of coronal hole high speed wind streams.”

Here is the latest forecast from USAF.  Predicted solar flux seems promising with flux values peaking around 160 on July 30 through August 7 and again from August 26 through early September. Predicted flux values are 120 on July 22, then 118 on July 23 to 25, then 116, 114, 110 and 120 on July 26 to 29, 160 on July 30 through August 7, then 155, 145 and 138 on August 8 to 10, then 138 on August 11 and 12, then 128 and 125 on August 13 and 14, 130 on August 15 to 17, 135 on August 18 to 20, 138 and 148 on August 21 and 22, 150 on August 23 to 25, and 160 on August 26 to September 3.

Predicted planetary A index is 20, 40, 14 and 10 on July 22 to 25, 5 on July 26 to 28, 8 on July 29 through August 2, then 12 and 10 on August 3 and 4, 8 on August 5 to 7, then 15, 28 and 12 on August 8 to 10, 8 on August 11 to 17, then 15, 20 and 12 on August 18 to 20, and 8 again on August 21 to 29.

ARRL News Letter on July 22, 2022