Burketown's Morning Glory Clouds - Best Views on Savannah Aviation

Morning Glory Clouds are simply spectacular. These amazing clouds appear in the Gulf of Carpentaria between September and October, rolling over Burketown, attracting cloud enthusiasts and gliders from around Australia and the world.

Savannah Aviation is proud to provide the best seat in the house for the Morning Glory Clouds, taking off from Burketown and providing you with an amazing, early morning charter experience. In fact, Savannah Aviation is intrinsically linked to the Morning Glory Clouds, with owner Paul Poole being the head of the Australian Branch of the Cloud Appreciation Society.

The Morning Glory is a rare meteorological phenomenon. Although these roll clouds do sometimes appear at different places around the world, Burketown, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, is the only place where they appear frequently, at set times of the year, between September and October.

These amazing clouds can be up to 1,000 kilometres long (longer than Britain), stretch from horizon to horizon and travel at speeds of up to 60km per hour! Cloud height varies, but can be between one and two kilometers high.

Rolling across the Gulf, the Morning Glory is often accompanied by sudden wind squalls and intense low-level wind shears. In front of the cloud, there is a strong vertical motion that transports air up through the cloud and creates the rolling motion.

Patience is a virtue when waiting for a Morning Glory. They are not daily and do not keep a schedule, however, Savannah Aviation has got some top tips to watch out for.

If there has been a brisk sea breeze blowing through Burketown all day and the fridges in the Burketown Pub have frosted over, then there is a very good chance that the next day, you will see a Morning Glory Cloud roll its away towards town, bringing smiles and wonderment to locals, gliders and cloud lovers alike.

Savannah Aviation will give you the very best views of the Morning Glory Clouds. Contact us for more information on (07) 4745 5177 or savair@bigpond.com

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