Morning Glory Clouds of the Gulf of Carpentaria

Morning Glory Articles

Letter 1934
Article 1989 First Morning Glory soaring flight
Article 1990
Article 1994
Article 1995
Letter from HG pilot 1995
1997 Trip
1998 Trip
1999 expedition notes
2000 expedition notes
Letters from pilots 2001

Pilot Notes

Gulf of Carpentaria

Sweers Island and the Gulf, A Chronology
The Investigator Tree, Sweers Island
Burketown History, & other Gulf info
Flora and Fauna of the Gulf

Morning Glory Documentary
Rob Thompson's Morning Glory documentary is often seen on cable TV, on the National Geographic channel and others. The film features unique ground and aerial footage of the Morning Glory, and many of the shots are simply stunning. The documentary follows the activities of Dr Doug Christie placing meteorological instruments in remote Gulf locations, and sailplane and hang-glider pilots soaring the largest dynamic wave in the world.

Rob spent several months on location in the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1996 and a further 3 weeks in October 1997 filming the wave and the Gulf Savannah environment. The result is a credit to both his enthusiasm for the Morning Glory and his perseverance, considering the rarity of the wave and the harsh environment in which he was forced to work. 

Gliders on the Glory
Stills from Rob Thompson's film - The Morning Glory
Balugan - The Spirits Intrepid Hangie
    Richard Holle of writes about Lunar Declinational Tides

    Dr Doug Christie is currently in Vienna working with the U.N. using the technology he developed studying Morning Glory waves to pinpoint nuclear blasts.
    Doug Christie on the Morning Glory (404)Doug Christie on Atmospheric Physics
    If you like reading about fully nonlinear nonhydrostatic primitive ensemble-averaged equations, this is the place to go!

    Professor Roger Smith has been studying the Morning Glory for 15 or more years. He currently holds the chair of meteorology at Munich University. He has quite a number of nice images of the Morning Glory, but his website has gone walkabout.

    Professor Peter Saenger of Southern Cross University and Lynne Battle of Sweers Island have recently published  their work on Sweers biota in Australia Geographic.
    Peter Saenger on Sweers History and The Investigator Tree

    Gavin Pretor-Pinney of the UK and Australian photographer Barry Slade spent two weeks in the Gulf in 2004 filming and photographing the cloud and glider pilots. The results are stunning! Visit Gavin's
    to read more about his adventures and download several movie clips.

    Richard Manasseh of CSIRO Advanced Fluid Dynamics Laboratory  has several papers on atmospheric solitary waves available on the net:
    Manasseh, R. & Middleton, J.H. 1995: - Boundary-layer oscillations from thunderstorms at Sydney Airport.Postscript file
    Manasseh, R., Ching, C.Y. & Fernando, H.J.S. 1997: - The transition from density-driven to wave-dominated isolated flows. html links to postscript files
    Manasseh, R. & Middleton, J.H. 1995: - A thunderstorm outflow current visualized by bushfire smoke< - html, inc pictures
    Manasseh, R. & Middleton, J.H. 1997: - The surface wind gust regime and aircraft operations at Sydney Airport. html

    An early mention of the Morning Glory appears in William R. Corliss' book "Handbook of Unusual Natural Phenomena". (Thanks to Sylvain Gravel)

From the Guestbook
Flew an aircraft down from Manilla this morning and saw quite a distinct and long Morning Glory cloud by moonlight (about 4am local time) this morning 14/8/2000. Would have been roughly 250-300nms long just crossing the coast around S15°35.6 E136°50.6
Bruce Fulton 14/8/2000

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