By Jasmine Kazlauskas
A rolling cloud that looks like an OMELETTE has captivated viewers online.
Cloud enthusiast Damien Knox filmed the unusual formation from his holiday in Gerroa, New South Wales, Australia.
The 43-year-old business owner, who is originally from the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, claims he had never seen anything like it in his entire life – and decided to record the majestic scene to show his friends and family.
Damien set his camera up to capture the cloud rolling in with stunning time lapse footage, with the entire video showing the incredible cloud moving towards him over a five-minute period.
After posting the amazing footage online, it soon racked up hundreds of likes and comments from people who were also captivated by the unique cloud formation – with some comparing it to a wave, a dragon and even an omelette.
Damien said: “We were on holidays over the Christmas break and were visiting our holiday home on the South Coast.
“We were sitting on the back deck in the afternoon and saw the cloud come in. It looked like a big pillow or something.
“But then it started moving, like rolling. It was amazing to watch.
“It came in so quick. I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life.
“Everyone loved it. They thought it was incredible.
“You can’t see in the video, but as it got closer to land and eventually completely on top of it, it just kind of disappeared.
“It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. I felt really lucky to have witnessed it.”
Associate Professor Todd Lane from the School of Earth Sciences at The University of Melbourne said this phenomenon was known as a ‘roll cloud’.
He said: “This is what is known as a ‘roll cloud’. These clouds form at the crest of an atmospheric wave, which moves in a similar way to a ripple moving across a pond but in the lower part of the atmosphere.
“On this day the roll cloud was likely formed by the thunderstorms that were growing offshore that afternoon.
“The airflow from the thunderstorms creates the atmospheric wave that could propagate a long distance away.
“The air near the surface over the ocean is very humid and the upward winds within the atmospheric wave are able create a cloud, which is what you see here.
“The cloud is very similar to the famous ‘Morning Glory’ clouds that form over the Gulf of Carpentaria.”