Mark Ronchetti explains the Albuquerque Box

The Albuquerque Box
Mark Ronchetti explains the Albuquerque Box

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – During the overnight hours, cool air from the mountains sinks into the valley. This creates a cool, northerly flow at the surface. Meanwhile, the upper level winds are predominately southerly. The northerly surface wind allows the balloons to initially drift southward. Then, as the balloons encounter the southerly upper level winds, they begin to track back toward the north, passing the point of takeoff. As the balloon descends, they once again encounter the northerly surface winds allowing the balloon to return to the point of takeoff, thus creating a box shape during the course of the flight. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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