Tonight’s Glowdeo is a go

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7:47 p.m.

Fireworks are starting at Balloon Fiesta Park.

7:20 p.m.

Many of the balloons that inflated as part of tonight’s Glowdeo are starting to deflate on the field.

7:15 p.m.

The balloons taking part in tonight’s Special Shape Glowdeo are inflated on the field. The balloons are glowing and taking part in “all glows,” which is when all the balloons glow at once.

6:43 p.m.

Balloons taking part in tonight’s Special Shape Glowdeo are inflating on the field at Balloon Fiesta Park.

6:36 p.m.

Officials at Balloon fiesta Park have determined that weather conditions are safe for balloons inflation for tonight’s Glowdeo.


4:00 p.m.

Winds at Balloon Fiesta Park are still expected to be about 10 mph before decreasing at sunset, according to Dan Pagliaro, lead meteorologist at Balloon Fiesta. He said that it’s still uncertain whether officials will decide to cancel the Special Shape Glowdeo scheduled for 5:45 p.m. or let it proceed. Officials often cite 10 mph as the wind speed limit for balloon events.

10:20 a.m.

Winds are expected to pick up after 11:00 a.m. today, which could require cancellation of the Special Shape Glowdeo scheduled for 5:45 p.m., said Dan Pagliaro, lead meteorologist at Balloon Fiesta.

Pagliaro said that although winds are expected to reach 10 to 15 mph during the day, they are expected to decrease at sunset. “It’s still a question mark,” he said.

9:24 a.m.

The winds at Balloon Fiesta Park are so mild that balloons are barely moving from above the field.

Doyle Cayton is a longtime Balloon Fiesta volunteer who has attended 38 fiestas. “I have never ever seen it this slow,” Cayton said. “It’s beautiful, but weird.”

Officials expect balloons to stay aloft at least until 10:00 a.m.

8:31 a.m.

Winners of the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race are expected back in Albuquerque this afternoon. The group is driving back from Thunder Bay, Canada, where the race ended. They are in Tucumcari now.

Read more about the outcome of the race: Final America’s Challenge gas balloon lands in Canada

7:57 a.m.

Balloons that launched from Balloon Fiesta Park Friday morning are heading south.

Multiple balloons have landed near Albuquerque’s North Diversion Channel near Pueblo and Paseo del Norte. Others appear to be heading to a launch area off Osuna.

7:14 a.m.

Balloons taking part in Friday morning’s Special Shape Rodeo are inflating on the field and lifting off. Competition is set to begin shortly.

6:59 a.m.

Dawn Patrol balloons were aloft by 6:35 am. Six balloons rose straight up in calm skies. Pilots expect lots of bumping and jostling for today’s Special Shapes Rodeo.

6:37 a.m.

Yesterday’s storm system is long gone and winds are very calm for today’s Special Shapes Rodeo. Winds may carry balloons northeast to the Sandia Pueblo.

Pilots were advised to watch out for the Sandia buffalo herd. “Just be advised that you should fly past those buffalo for landings,” pilots were told at the morning briefing.

6:34 a.m.

Balloons taking part in Thursday’s Dawn Patrol have inflated and lifted off from Balloon Fiesta park.

6:08 a.m.

Conditions are cold and clear at Balloon Fiesta Park. Winds at 3 mph or less and the temperature is 36 degrees. The high temperature in Albuquerque today is expected to be about 64 degrees.

5:49 a.m.

Officials at Balloon Fiesta Park have switched the flag to green, indicating that conditions are safe for today’s scheduled balloon events.

5:36 a.m.

Special shape balloons may be able to launch this morning, as winds are less than 10 knots. Balloon Fiesta officials are currently flying the yellow flag while they evaluate if conditions are safe for inflation or launch.


Friday’s scheduled Balloon Fiesta events

Morning Session

5:45 a.m.: Dawn Patrol

7:00 a.m.: Special Shape Rodeo™, presented by Wells Fargo Bank

8:00 a.m.: Flying Competition

8:00 a.m.: AIBF Chainsaw Carving International

Evening Session

5:45 p.m.: Special Shape Glowdeo™, presented by Comcast Spotlight

8:00 p.m.: AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show, presented by Albuquerque Journal


Images from the 2013 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta