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Morning glory for the Gulf of Carpentaria

Thursday, 13th August 2020

Residents situated along the Gulf Coast of Queensland were treated to a spectacular morning glory cloud formation this morning as the low-level cloud traversed across the Gulf waters earlier.

Usually during the afternoon, sea breezes from the east and west coasts of Cape York collide over the peninsula and collapse back towards the surface, effectively creating a wave low level atmosphere like a ripple effect as it moves over the body of water

When conditions are just right the moist air ascends and condenses into cloud along the leading edge of the westward-moving front, descending at the rear to form turbulent creating a wave effect. It reaches the southern Gulf coast in the early morning as a spectacular roll cloud as detailed in the satellite image animation from this morning attached below.

When conditions are just right the moist air ascends and condenses into cloud along the leading edge of the westward-moving front, descending at the rear to form turbulent creating a wave effect. It reaches the southern Gulf coast in the early morning as a spectacular roll cloud as detailed in the satellite image animation from this morning attached below.

Image 1: Morning Glory Satellite GIF Animation (Vis) Thursday 13th August 2020

Image 2: Morning Glory Satellite Image (Vis) Thursday 13th August 2020


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