ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Due to winds, dawn patrol was canceled this morning and the yellow flag was raised. Officials at the pilot briefing said that if balloons did end up flying, there would be only one wave of balloons instead of two. Balloon officials continued to monitor the winds throughout the morning and a few balloons ended up inflating.
The weather has become more of a factor in the past few days for the event as Saturday morning’s mass ascension became a static display, and Saturday evening’s balloon glow turned into a candlestick glow. We have a deep area of low pressure right over the state this morning. This is affecting our weather in several ways. First, it creates plenty of upward lift for the air giving way to strong erratic winds aloft. This unfortunately doesn’t bode well for the final day of the balloon fiesta. It also is pulling colder air from the Rockies into our state.
As this is the last day of Fiesta, the slate of events is smaller than previous days. There will be one final Chainsaw Carving Exhibition at 8:00 a.m.