Mysterious Tubular Clouds Defy Explanation

* By Betsy Mason Email AuthorPhotobucket


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/APOD Source

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Comment by Reggie on August 25, 2009 at 6:40pm
That is really cool.
Comment by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on August 26, 2009 at 10:26am
CHEMTRAILS!!! I should know, cause I'm crazy.
Comment by Monika on August 26, 2009 at 3:12pm
Natalie it did not ruin my awe at all. I think its amazing how nature works and there are many more mysteries for us to find. Thanx for explaining.


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