• A Note on Harmonic Analysis of Geophysical Data with Special Reference to the Analysis of Geomagnetic Storms

      Sugiura, Masahisa (Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, 1960-04-18)
      Some geophysical characteristics tend to have a fixed distribution relative to the sun. An example is the distribution of air temperature on an ideal earth that is perfectly symmetrical (e.g., in its pattern of land and water) about its axis of rotation. In such a case the geophysical characteristic at any fixed station on the earth undergoes a daily variation that depends only on local time (and latitude and season). This simple pattern of daily change may be modified by intrinsic changes in the solar influences on the earth. The harmonic components of the daily variation at any station may in this case undergo phase changes, in some respects corresponding to Doppler shifts of frequency in optical or sonic phenomena. Care is then needed if the results of harmonic analysis are to be properly interpreted. Such interpretation is discussed with reference to the parts Dst and DS of the magnetic storm variations. Like caution must be observed in cases where the amplitude of a harmonic variation changes,with fixed phase.
    • Some Notes on the Interpretation of Rapid Fluctuations in Earth-Currents Observed in High Latitudes

      Sugiura, Masahisa (Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, 1958-12)
      This paper shows that a periodically varying infinite linear current, or a periodically varying turbulent circular current of small radius (here approximated by a magnetic dipole with a changing dipole moment), in the ionosphere, which will give rise to magnetic variations of observed order of magnitude, is adequate for producing voltage differences in the ground of order 0 .1 to 1 volt per kilometer that are frequently observed in high latitudes during disturbed periods. It appears difficult to interpret the earth-current record in terms of its primary origin, unless the distribution of the perturbing magnetic field and that of electric conductivity of the earth are both adequately known. However, the earth-current record is a good indicator of the upper atmospheric disturbance in the polar regions.
    • A Study of the Morphology of Magnetic Storms Great Magnetic Storms

      Sugiura, Masahisa; Chapman, Sydney (Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, 1958-08-31)
      Average characteristics are determined for 74 great magnetic storms with sudden commencements that occurred in 1902-1945. The storm field is resolved for different epochs of storm time into tv;o parts: (i) Dst, which is independent of local time, that is, of longitude A, relative to the sun, and (ii) DS, which depends on A . They are obtained, for each of the three magnetic elements, declination, horizontal force, and vertical force, at eight geomagnetic latitudes ranging from 80°N to 1°S. DS is harmonically analyzed; the first harmonic component is shown to be the main component of DS. The storm-time course of this component is compared with that of Dst; DS attains its maximum earlier and decays more rapidly. The results of the analysis of great storms are compared with those for weak and moderate storms that were reported previously. Some characteristics of Dst change with intensity. Except in magnitude, main characteristics of DS are independent of intensity.
    • A Study of the Morphology of Magnetic Storms: Moderate Magnetic Storms

      Sugiura, Masahisa; Chapman, Sydney (Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, 1957-06-30)
      Some average characteristics are determined for 136 moderate magnetic storms with sudden commencements that occurred during the interval 1902-1945. The average storm field is resolved for different epochs of storm time st into Dst, independent of local time, that is, of longitude X , relative to the sun, and into DS, that depends on X , Part DS is expressed in terms of harmonic components with respect to X , and like Dst, the amplitudes and phases of these components, are functions of st and of geomagnetic latitude. They are determined, for each of the three magnetic elements, declination, horizontal force, and vertical force, at eight geomagnetic latitudes ranging from 80*N to 1°S. In the first, and main harmonic component of DS, its variations with respect to storm time differs notably from that of Dst: its maximum is attained earlier and its decay is more rapid. The storm -time changes of the smaller harmonic components of DS have been less fully determined. The average characteristics of moderate storms are compared with those of weak storms.
    • A study on the morphology of magnetic storms

      Sugiura, Masahisa (Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, 1955-04-20)
      The morphology of magnetic storms that has been investigated by S. Chapman since 1918 was further extended with more material as regards both the number of storms and the number of observatories, Three hundred and forty-six magnetic storms having sudden commencements were selected for the years 1902 to 19^5- These 3^6 storms were classified by a new method based on the most notable characteristic of the stormtime variation observed in low and middle latitudes, namely, a worldwide diminution in the horizontal force; hence the maximum diminution in the horizontal force averaged over these latitudes was used as a measure to indicate the intensity of magnetic storms. The 3^6 storms here selected were classified into three intensity groups: (l.) weak, (2) active, and {3 ) great storms.. The numbers of storms classed in these categories are 136, 136 and kj, respectively. In the present thesis the investigation on the 136 weak magnetic storms is described. (in the previous study made by Chapman forty storms of moderate intensity were used.) The number of magnetic observatories used in, the present study was also widely extended from eleven (in the previous work) to twentyfive. Seven observatories in the southern hemisphere distributed between geomagnetic latitudes 12° and 48° were included in these twentyfive observatories„ The geomagnetic latitudes of the eighteen northern observatories range from 20° to 80°, Several improvements were also made in the treatment of the magnetic data. One of the improvements is that hour-to-hour differences derived from the hourly values of the three magnetic elements, the horizontal force, declination and the vertical, force, were used, instead of the ordinary hourly values as given in observatory reports. With the 136 weak magnetic storms the storm-time variations of the three elements for the four pre-storm hours and the first seventy-two hours from the storm commencement were determined for eight groups of observatories, whose mean geomagnetic latitudes are 28° S, 21°, 28°, k2°, 52°, 59°, 65° and 80°; the first group being in the southern, the rest in the northern hemisphere. Thus the average features of the storm-time variations at various latitudes were able to be studied more closely. In determining these storm-time changes the daily variations on quiet days uncorrected for the non-cyclic variation were removed from the original data in order to allow for this latter variation. Then the disturbance local-time inequality for the first, second and third storm days was examined for each magnetic element for each of the groups of observatories. The vectograms of these variations were also drawn. Besides confirming, on the whole, the views expressed in Chapman's discussions on the storm-time as well as the disturbance local-time inequality, the present results revealed more detailed features of these variations at various latitudes. The disturbance local-time inequality for each element for each group of observatories was further studied for shorter intervals of storm-time, that is, for four 6-hour intervals in each of the first and second days and for three 8-hour intervals in the third storm day. The results were harmonically analyzed to determine the diurnal (2^-hour) and the semi-diurnal (12-hour) components of these variations. The diurnal component was illustrated by harmonic, dials, by which means the decay of the amplitude of these variations and the change of their phases with storm-time were clearly demonstrated. It was found that the phases of the disturbance diurnal equality in declination and the vertical force have certain definite relations with that in the horizontal force at each latitude, and that if the results for declination and the vertical force are combined -with those for the horizontal force with some appropriate modifications in their amplitudes and phases, and if such averages are further combined among the groups of observatories in low and middle latitudes, the averaged harmonic dial so obtained is much more regular than those for individual elements or for smaller groups. The rates of growth and decay of the storm-time change and the disturbance local-time inequality were compared., The results indicate that these two variations vary at rates that are materially different in their course. Detailed descriptions and discussions on these results, the final objects of the present study and plans for its future extension, are given in the present thesis.