Balloon Museum unveils new Weather Lab

Stefan Dill
October 06, 2017 12:37 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- There's a new addition at the Balloon Museum for balloonists and weather enthusiasts alike that's both educational and interactive.


Residents of New Mexico say that if you don't like the weather right now, just wait about 15 minutes.

But inside the Balloon Museum's new interactive Weather Lab, the weather will change whenever you want it to.

The exhibit features several weather pods that contain information on the sun, wind, clouds and precipitation, with interactive panels you can play with.

"I think we've surprised a lot of people with the look and feel and the depth of the exhibition," said Museum manager Paul  Garver.  "The other thing that's been surprising is just how much time people spend in here."

One of the several interactive displays at the Weather Lab is The Albuquerque Box, which details the unique combination of terrain and air flow that makes the area so conducive for ballooning. You can make an interactive balloon yourself and see it act in the proper Albuquerque Box conditions.

It's the hope of the Balloon Museum that people are not only surprised by the beauty of The Weather Lab, but that they learned something new.

"We live with the weather day in and day out," said Garver.  "We don't always understand it, but the technology story is very interesting and just the science behind it all and how these subjects are related to Albuquerque. I hope this gives people this immersive interactive, somewhat inspiring view of this miraculous world of weather around us."


Stefan Dill

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