Spectacular Rolling Clouds (

Passengers on Virgin Australia flight left baffled by spectacular ‘rolling or wave’ clouds.

The rare cloud formation captured during a flight over the Great Australian Bight, from a passenger on Virgin Australia.

Above image: Instagram/Ilya Katsman



“The most unique cloud formation I have seen to date on route from Perth to Adelaide somewhere over The Great Australian Bite.”

Rolling Clouds

Image: Facebook/Virgin Australia

Neil Bennet, from the WA Bureau of Metereology said:



“The clouds were wave clouds, caused when air hit an obstruction such as a mountain, forcing the air over it. It’s like skipping a stone across water.

The wave clouds are caused by air being forced up over a range of hills and performing a wave like motion until it settles down, which causes the gaps.”