Morning Glory cloud spotted in Gulf

RARE: Morning Glory cloud spotted early this morning in the Gulf. Photo: Savannah Lodge Facebook Page.

RARE: Morning Glory cloud spotted early this morning in the Gulf. Photo: Savannah Lodge Facebook Page.

A large Morning Glory cloud was spotted in the Gulf of Carpentaria on Wednesday.

It was timely as the Morning Glory Festival in Burketown.

Morning Glory clouds are associated with sea breezes that develop over the Gulf. This weather event is caused by a frontal system crossing central Queensland and a high pressure system to the north.

Locals across the Gulf region snapped the Morning Glory at Burketown, Normanton and Mornington Island and shared on social media.

This is not an uncommon occurrence for the Gulf region during this time of year, with Morning Glory clouds being seen from late September to early November.

The “season” has started just in time for the Morning Glory Festival kicking off this weekend.

The Morning Glory Festival will take place from September 29 to October 1 in Burketown. The festival will celebrate the unique phenomenon of the unusual cloud formations that roll in once a year.

The festival is a program of events for all ages including a rodeo, campdraft, live music, market stalls, photography competitions, seminars, tours and workshops.

The Gulf is the only spot on earth where Morning Glory clouds can be predicted and observed on a regular basis.

North Queensland Register

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