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

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These interesting clouds formations are referred to as morning glory clouds. A small number of pilots and tourists travel to Burketown, Queensland, Australia each year in hopes of “cloud surfing” with this mysterious phenomenon. They can grow to be 600 miles long and can move at up to 35 miles per hour, wreaking havoc for aircraft even on windless days.

Similar tubular shaped clouds called roll clouds appear in various places around the globe, but no-one has yet figured out what causes the Morning Glory clouds.

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