The weather was perfect this morning for the mass ascension — especially if one was down at the Balloon Field. The reason is the Albuquerque Box was in effect.
The Albuquerque Box is a unique pattern of winds that is not found that many places. It works when the ground and lower winds are moving toward the North and the higher winds are moving toward the South.
This combination of winds allows the pilots to take off, move slightly to the North. As the balloon lifts, it can pick up the Southward winds and head back toward the field. Many of the balloons are able to land back on the field where they took off.
This short timelapse video illustrates the Box at work.
The only problem for us is the balloons don’t come up our way and land around us. Hopefully, we’ll get a couple of days this week where that happens.
So, to give you an idea of the Fiesta, here are some more TV captures.
These are the Bees… Mama Bee, Papa Bee and Baby Bee — and they are a crowd favorite. They are tethered together when they lift off and then separate once they’re in the air.
Some of the balloonists don’t take advantage of the Box and go along the Rio Grande River to do a Splash ‘N Dash… where they come down to just touch the water with their gondola before raising up again into the air.
We’ll see what tomorrow brings.