Mysterious Tubular Clouds Defy Explanation

“Pretty cool. Hopefully it’s only natures work here.”

-F.F.

morninggloryclouds

By Betsy Mason

Wired.com

These long, crazy-looking clouds can grow to be 600 miles long and can move at up to 35 miles per hour, causing problems for aircraft even on windless days.

Known as Morning Glory clouds, they appear every fall over Burketown, Queensland, Australia, a remote town with fewer than 200 residents. A small number of pilots and tourists travel there each year in hopes of “cloud surfing” with the mysterious phenomenon.

Similar tubular shaped clouds called roll clouds appear in various places around the globe. But nobody has yet figured out what causes the Morning Glory clouds.

This shot was captured by photographer Mick Petroff from his plane near Australia’s Gulf of Carpenteria.

Image: Mick Petroff

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/08/morninggloryclouds/

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One Response to “Mysterious Tubular Clouds Defy Explanation”

  1. Luxury Horizons Says:

    What!!! Thats amazing I would love to cloud surf them. We don’t get anything like that in Whistler or Vancouver.

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