Morning Glory Clouds of the Gulf of Carpentaria

Lunar Declinational Tides

Richard Holle of writes:

Richard was right!

Several sailplanes flew on good waves on the 4th,5th, and 6th of October 1998.
One of these waves took a widely scattered group of four gliders up to halfway across the Gulf, soaring the stuff of which dreams are made. Imagine singing silly songs as you chandelle up from sea-level on a thing of joy and beauty. Zooming flat-stick for hundred's of k's in endless torrents of lift. Soaring on a full-moonlit night towards the morning which will explode across across your sky, revealing a huge arc of the amazing wave gesturing towards Gove on the north-western tip of Australia.

1998-09-12 10:37:00 
From looking at the dates listed on your site (since moved. Ed.) it appears to me that you have found standing waves of the Lunar Declinational tides in the atmosphere, that peak in occurance around the time when the moon crosses the Equator in it's 27.32 day declinational cycles in the Southern spring. A more detailed study of  how the past periods/days of peak production fit into the patterns of Lunar declinational movements might give you a better method for forecasting the size, type, and direction of the wave propagation patterns. I have used this method to forecast mesoscale weather patterns for the USA that repeats 70% better than climatology. 

Web site explains most of this pattern on the index page with ....  links to rest of my theory on lunar declinational tidal forces acting on the weather, in the atmosphere. ..... The moon crosses from South to north on the 4/5th of October in 1998 equivalent to the16/17th of October of 1997. This year should produce waves about the same on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of October if there is anything to the lunar tidal idea. 
Good Sailing, 
Richard Holle 

On his website, Richard published the following prior to the 1999 season:

There might be a slight chance for weak Morning Glory wave production on September 19th, or 20th. 1999, then again a little better chance on the 22nd, or 23rd. of September. The first real good chance for soaring, should be a three or four day run from around the 2nd. of October (2), thru the 5th. or 6th. Then again a one or two day long chance as the moon crosses the Equator headed South, on the 9th, 10th. a two day gap and then a last chance for some MG production on the 12th, or 13th.

Right again, or near as damnit - we had wave days on 21st, 22nd and 24th Sept (tho the latter was a dry one, which we missed by mere minutes).
Waves came thru in early October before first light, I don't yet have the exact dates. A very good one was soared on 12th October.

Morning Glory data - waves and dates from 1989 to the present.

Ken Ring's Predicting Weather by the Moon

Ray Tomes' Cycles in the Universe
(was at which now gives a 404)

2) Originally this read November - a typo.

Classic Morning Glory roll-cloud approaching Burketown at dawn from the north-east.
Morning Glory Cloud Photos - Near Burketown 1994

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