All the active regions observed on the Sun with the Mount-Wilson magnetograph between August 1959 and December 1962 have been given magnetic classifications in a system similar to the Mount-Wilson sunspot-classification scheme. The flare productivity of regions classified as unipolar, bipolar, and complex bipolar, as well as regions composed of multiple bipolar components has been studied. It has not been necessary to provide a classification corresponding to the γ class of sunspots. Although the relatively poor angular resolution employed in the magnetograms limits somewhat the accuracy of the data, it is clear that both complex bipolar regions and regions with multiple bipolar components produce more than three times the number of flares than the simple bipolar regions produce. The most flare-productive class of regions is the reversed polarity complex classification.
The statistical relation of the spot magnetic-field classification to the classification of the corresponding plage fields has been studied and found to be poor for these data.
The distribution of the magnetic regions in latitude shows that many of the regions with polarities reversed from the usual orientation are confined to the equatorial zone.