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Glowdeo canceled, fireworks a go

Special shape balloons inflate on Thursday morning at Balloon Fiesta Park on Oct. 10, 2013. Officials have decided to allow balloons to inflate but not to fly due to expected winds. (Marla Brose/Journal)
Special shape balloons inflate on Thursday morning at Balloon Fiesta Park on Oct. 10, 2013. Officials have decided to allow balloons to inflate but not to fly due to expected winds. (Marla Brose/Journal)
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Balloon's inflated as part of this morning's Special Shape Rodeo, but they didn't fly due windy conditions. (Marla Brose/Journal)

Balloon’s inflated as part of this morning’s Special Shape Rodeo, but they didn’t fly due windy conditions. (Marla Brose/Journal)

A balloon inflates on Thursday morning, Oct. 10, 2013, at Balloon Fiesta Park. Officials have decided to allow balloons to inflate but not to fly due to expected winds. (Marla Brose/Journal)

A balloon inflates on Thursday morning, Oct. 10, 2013, at Balloon Fiesta Park. Officials have decided to allow balloons to inflate but not to fly due to expected winds. (Marla Brose/Journal)

8:30 p.m.

According to Balloon Fiesta Official Meteorologist Dan Pagliaro, winds overnight are expected to be greater than 10 knots, but they may decrease at sunrise. Ten knots is generally the limit for Balloon Fiesta launches.

Balloon Fiesta officials plan to monitor the weather in the morning to determine if conditions are safe for balloon inflation or flight.

Pagliaro said that winds are expected to pick up again later in the afternoon.

 5:04 p.m.

Though the Special Shapes Glowdeo is canceled tonight, the fireworks show will still go as planned, according to Balloon Fiesta officials.

Some vendors will stay open on the field through the evening. There will be no charge for parking or admission.

4:23 p.m.

Officials at Balloon Fiesta Park have just raised the red flag signaling all Thursday evening balloon events have been canceled due to weather. Admission and parking fees have been waived, and vendors are still operating.

It is lightly raining on the field.

2:26 p.m.

Balloon Fiesta officials remain uncertain about this evening’s scheduled events.

Officials said this morning that wind speeds may be too great to launch or inflate balloons, and Balloon Fiesta Director of Media Relations Tom Garrity said this afternoon that if wind speeds are greater than 25 mph, officials will likely cancel the scheduled fireworks show.

Garrity said that Balloon Fiesta officials are holding a meeting at 3:00 pm and will likely make some decisions about this evenings events.

8:36 a.m.

Balloons taking part in this morning’s Special Shape Rodeo have now deflated at Balloon Fiesta Park.

It’s unlikely that tonight’s events will take place, according to Balloon Fiesta Official Meteorologist Dan Pagliaro.

Winds are expected to be too strong to inflate balloons, he said.

8:28 a.m.

According to Dan Pagliaro, official meteorologist for the balloon fiesta, the forecast for Thursday night looks grim.

When winds are 10 knots or more, he said, the balloons cannot inflate.

Winds for Thursday evening are expected to be stronger than that.

“We’re suspecting sustained winds after 11 am, that will continue into the evening,” he said Thursday morning.

As for this evening, he said, “We think it’s going to be windier than it is now.”

Pagliaro said the winds will gradually be decreasing overnight.

7:52 a.m.

Balloon Fiesta officials expect winds later this evening, but haven’t made a decision about this evening’s scheduled events. An update is expected shortly.

7:15 a.m.

According to a Balloon Fiesta meteorologist, strong winds are expected from sunrise today until sunset tonight.

“The winds drop off tomorrow so we will have a window” where the winds are not as strong but it’s not clear yet when that will be, he said.

Balloon Meister Sam parks said of the team in yesterday’s accident, “We had a power line contact in Rio Rancho. I would ask that you keep the pilot and crew in your thoughts and prayers.”

6:56 a.m.

Upon learning the special shape balloons wouldn’t launch like she hoped, Becky Denison from Phoenix, Ariz., said, “Let’s go home and eat grits and country ham and play cards.”

6:39 a.m.

Special Shapes Day at Balloon Fiesta, but the winds are not in our favor. Balloons will not ascend, but they will inflate (tethered) “for as long as weather will allow,” according to fiesta officials. They ask that you be cautious of tethering ropes on the ground.

6:30 a.m.

Officials at Balloon Fiesta Park are still flying the yellow flag.

5:58 a.m.

“The winds on the field are calm but brisk. We are waiting for a pilot briefing at 6:15 a.m. for an update,” said Balloon Fiesta spokesman Tom Garrity.

5:25 a.m.

Officials at Balloon Fiesta Park are flying the yellow flag, signaling they are uncertain if balloons will inflate this morning.

 

Today’s scheduled Balloon Fiesta events

Morning Session

5:45 a.m.: Dawn Patrol
7:00 a.m.: Special Shape Rodeo
8:00 a.m.: Flying Competition
8:00 a.m.: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational

Evening Session

5:45 p.m.: Special Shape Glowdeo
8:00 p.m.: AfterGlowTM Fireworks Show

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