Rare morning glory cloud in Richmond

SILVER LINING: Val Bennett snapped this morning glory cloud near Richmond on Monday.

SILVER LINING: Val Bennett snapped this morning glory cloud near Richmond on Monday.

Morning glory clouds are most associated with the Gulf country but yesterday Val Bennet saw one her her home town of Richmond, about 600km to the south.

Ms Bennet took to Facebook yesterday to say she was out and about around 9.20am when she saw the weather phenomenon on her way home from the post office.

“I saw this long roll of cloud stretching from south to west out on the downs,” Ms Bennet said.

“In twenty minutes it had rolled right over town and disappeared over river and to north.

Ms Bennet said she had never seen this cloud formation in the region before.

The Morning Glory cloud is a rare meteorological phenomenon consisting of a low-level atmospheric solitary wave and associated cloud, sometimes occurring as an amplitude-ordered series of waves forming bands of roll clouds.

The clouds can be up to 1000km long.

The southern part of the Gulf of Carpentaria in is the only known location where it can be predicted and observed on a more or less regular basis due to the configuration of land and sea in the area.

It is often seen in Burketown from late September to early November. 

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