When making your plans on whether or not to go ballooning, or when, the wind is a very important factor in your decision process as the wind will directly affect your ability to launch. To help provide you with the decision making tools we are providing local information from our own weather station right here in Rio Rancho, New Mexico as well as wind information for the greater Albuquerque area. In addition to the current wind conditions, we are also providing forecast data based on the best weather models available to help you make your plans on what days it might be best to go ballooning.

We have added this as a page (WIND) so that you don’t need to scroll down to this information, and for a quick look, we have added the current wind data widget to the lower left side of the blog.


ACTUAL CURRENT CONDITIONS AS OBSERVED IN RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO

ACTUAL CURRENT CONDITIONS ACROSS THE GREATER ALBUQUERQUE AREA
(you can move, zoom, and manipulate this map for more localized information)

FOUR DAY WIND, GUST, SKY, AND TEMPERATURE FORECAST


ALTERNATIVE WEEKLY FORECASTED WIND INFORMATION

Weather information courtesy of Weather Rio Rancho/Rio Rancho WX

We would like to welcome you to the Ballooning Capital of the World web site.  The Ballooning Capital is located in the greater Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA area including area communities like Rio Rancho.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta  is the world’s largest hot air balloon festival and takes place each October.  During the balloon festival you will see literally hundreds of balloons.  The event is considered to be the most photographed event in the world.  Guests of the event are allowed to mingle amongst the balloons and possibly even to help the crews.

There are more resident hot air balloonists in the local area than anywhere else in the world.  The ideal conditions and the growth of the sport have attracted many people to the Albuquerque area.  Hardly a day goes by without a balloon launch, weather permitting.

Albuquerque has a unique climatological feature called the “box”.  The Sandia Mountain to the east blocks the sun from heating the ground, and as a result, the air near the ground is cooler and flows to the south, and 600-700 feet up, the warmer air flows to the north, allowing the balloon pilot to launch and land in nearly the same spot, if not in fact, the same spot.

Another great activity is called balloon glow.  This is the glow from the balloon when the hot propane-powered flames light up the balloon, and because of the balloon’s size, can be seen from a long distance.  Several times during the year there are actual balloon glow events during which the balloons are on display, but aren’t launched.

This web site has been created to tell the world about what is going on here and we welcome your comments and pictures.   Our host is a photographer so there will be many unique photos not found elsewhere plus photos contributed by other photographers.

Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you back again!