After a pilot briefing that detailed showers in the area and winds at 15-20 mph, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta officials made the decision to keep balloons on the ground Monday.
“There will be no Balloon Fiesta flights today and (the) competition is canceled,” a post on the event’s Facebook page states. “A static display is allowed on the launch field.”
Many balloons began inflating on the field for static displays just before 8 a.m.
Monday’s launch cancellation was the fiesta’s first this year. The fiesta runs through Sunday.