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Travellers on cloud nine over ‘Morning Glory’

A rare meteorological event has begun over Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria with the first ‘Morning Glory’ clouds of the season being spotted.

Every spring, people travel from around the world to see the spectacular cloud formation.

Morning Glory clouds have been seen on Sweers and Mornington islands in the Gulf this week.

Tex Battle from Sweers Island says while the massive cloud formations occur at other locations, the Gulf is only place in the world where it can be predicted every year.

“The cloud can be up to 600 kilometres long and they roll across the Gulf,” he said.

“It appears to be rolling backwards as it comes towards you at about 25 kilometres an hour – it is an awesome sight.

“Glider pilots come from all over the world actually – there are even some Japanese here this year and they claim it is the ultimate gliding experience.

“Just the appearance of them – they come in from the north-east, therefore they block out the morning sun.

“The sky goes dark, the temperature drops a couple of degrees, the wind comes up and this massive cloud formation goes overhead.

“Within 10 minutes, the wind has dropped, the sun is back up and you have a spectacular view of the back of the cloud.”


Image courtesy Wikipedia


Melissa on 15/09/2010 8:27am

Wow, any idea what causes these to form? Interesting it happens at a particular time of year. I had never heard of this rare meterological event before now. Fascinating!

Sarah B on 15/09/2010 12:32am

Oh wow, they look great, Ive never heard about them before so thanks for sharing!

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