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The Morning Glory

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Stephen Robards
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#1 Posted: 10/1/2009 05:42:38 Modified: 10/1/2009 09:39:39

About this time of year in the remote far north of Queensland, Australia, where in the early morning a front moves though that produces a roll cloud that stretches from horizon to horizon generating excellent soaring conditions. In the past just a few glider and motor glider pilots would make the long trip to Bourktown for the chance to ride 'Morning Glory'. Now as the word really starts to spread more and more pilots head off north to check out this amazing weather condition.


(Edited - video embedded.)

 



Zack Baughman
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#2 Posted: 10/1/2009 14:43:25

Spectacular footage!  Thanks for posting this.



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Reggie Smalls
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#3 Posted: 10/4/2009 11:50:53

Beautiful footage and scenery. I have often thought about going to Australia, renting a plane for some GA flying.  Now I KNOW I want to do it!



Jane Smith
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#4 Posted: 10/6/2009 15:01:34

That was fascinating to watch!



Ried Jacobsen
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#5 Posted: 10/8/2009 21:43:02

WOW, I am speechless.  Looks like a fabulous ride!



Doug Tomas
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#6 Posted: 10/9/2009 13:19:58

WOW!!! 

Thank you for sharing that with us! 

I've got to find out more about this phenomena.  Pretty interesting stuff. 

Anyone have suggestions where we can find out more about this weather feature?


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Stephen Robards
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#7 Posted: 10/13/2009 05:27:34

enjoyed sharing this with you all.

I could write on about this very rare type of cloud formation but it is better explained here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_Glory_cloud

where this occurs is in a very remote area, i think Bourketown only has 170 or so people there and is virtually isolated during the wet season (dec march). even during the 'dry' the drive there is more an expedition. miles and miles of dusty corrogated roads that would rattle any 4x4 to pieces. flying there has to be well planned due to the designated remote areas and fuel availability. ten years ago i paid 2.50 a litre for diesel. mogas was dearer. hate to think what avgas was going for then, hate to think what it cost today. maybe it is best that the Morning Glory is so far away. i could imagine the caos if it was closer to civilisation and every man and his dog was scrambling to jump on it and then the 'fun police' stepping in a spoiling it..

for those who mentioned about coming 'downunder' for a flying holiday. there are several companies offering 'safaris' groups in several aircraft flying together. the top end of Australia is very popular.

regards

steve