Today, Thursday, and tomorrow, Friday, are Special Shape Rodeos where the Special Shape balloons are featured. There are 104 Special Shapes this year so when they go up it’s pretty great.
However, the one thing no one can accurately predict is the amount of wind, especially at the different levels. That was this case this morning. The upper winds were pretty strong and the prediction for later in the morning was the winds would pick up at ground level… about the time the balloons would be landing. That’s a safety concern.
So, they didn’t fly, but they did a ‘static display’ where the balloons inflated. They use tie down lines to help stabilize the envelopes in the wind so people can at least see them.
I captured a little video from the live stream this morning to give you an idea of what it’s like. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better.