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Comment on “Properties of the recovery phase of extreme storms” by Choraghe et al. (2021)
  • Consuelo Cid,
  • Elena Saiz
Consuelo Cid
Universidad de Alcala

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Elena Saiz
Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
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Choraghe et al. (2021), based on a study of the recovery phase of the SYM-H index of 31 extreme geomagnetic storms, have recently concluded that the hyperbolic decay function is only able to explain the complete recovery phase of about one third of events and that both the exponential or the hyperbolic decay functions fail to explain the late recovery phase of storms. Furthermore, they propose a linear function to model the late recovery phase and claim that the proposed model could throw new light on the relative importance of different physical processes involved during the complete recovery phase of extreme storms. We assert that \citeA{Choraghe} conclusions regarding the recovery phase of extreme storms analysis are incorrect and in particular are based on a misunderstanding of the nature of the evolution of the SYM-H index and the energy balance of the ring current.
Jan 2022Published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics volume 127 issue 1. 10.1029/2021JA029999