This is something you really don’t expect to see this far into solar cycle 24.
But there it is, the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite shows the sun as a cueball:
The Ap index being zero, indicates that the sun’s magnetic field is low, and its magneto is idling rather than revving up as it should be on the way to solar max. True, it’s just a couple of data points, but as NOAA’s SWPC predicts the solar cycle, we should be further along instead of having a wide gap:
And here’s the daily Ap geomagnetic data. The Ap is bumping along the bottom:
The long term Ap has been on a downtrend, ever since there was a step change in October 2005:
The overall data looks pretty anemic:
This page is normally updated once a day by Jan Alvestad. All values are preliminary.
h/t to Joe D’Aleo and thanks to Jan Alvestad for keeping this data and plotting it.