Awesome Shots from a Massive Rotating ‘Morning Glory’ Cloud (video)

Massive Rotating ‘Morning Glory’ Cloud

Awesome shots from a glider from the morning glory in australia…it’s a really impressive and beautiful phenomena..

The Morning Glory cloud is a rare meteorological phenomenon occasionally observed in different locations around the world. The southern part of Northern Australia‘s Gulf of Carpentaria is the only known location where it can be predicted and observed on a more or less regular basis. The settlement of Burketown attracts glider pilots intent on riding this phenomenon.

A Morning Glory cloud is a roll cloud that can be up to 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long, 1 to 2 kilometres (0.62 to 1.2 mi) high, often only 100 to 200 metres (330 to 660 ft) above the ground and can move at speeds up to 60 kilometres (37 mi) per hour. Sometimes there is only one cloud, sometimes there are up to eight consecutive roll clouds.

The Morning Glory is often accompanied by sudden wind squalls, intense low-level wind shear, a rapid increase in the vertical displacement of air parcels, and a sharp pressure jump at the surface. In the front of the cloud, there is strong vertical motion that transports air up through the cloud and creates the rolling appearance, while the air in the middle and rear of the cloud becomes turbulent and sinks.

The cloud can also be described as a solitary wave or a soliton, which is a wave that has a single crest and moves without changing speed or shape.

Source and author: wikipedia *  (youtube)

4 responses to “Awesome Shots from a Massive Rotating ‘Morning Glory’ Cloud (video)

  1. I live in South Australia and have witnessed a few of these when crossing the nullabore plain. The ones i have seen stretched from the ocean heading inland and while driving under them in the car could feel the turbulence and pressure. Apart from this rolling cloud the sky was clear and sunny which added to the strangeness of it all.


  2. Wow, that is too cool! Strange indeed that there are no other clouds to be seen. I have never witnessed such a sight. In the video it is evident that this cloud is rolling. Love these odd weather aberrations.


  3. sheila roach

    I have also been lucky enough to have stood under it as one passed over.I was totally bemused as I had never seen anything like it before! Probably one of the most amazing things Ive seen in my life.I was near burketown on the gulf of carpentaria and was told they also happen in the gulf of mexico.There are several utube morning glories taken from the intrepid glory surfers view point .The sky was incredibly blue that day with just this long rolling cloud going across the sky! Astonishing.


  4. Damn! I waited way too long to open this email, and the video had been taken off of Youtube. I am a cloud FREAK, so I am really disappointed that I missed it!😦