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The Weather Lab

Encounter and experience the science, power, and beauty of weather!

 

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Inside The Weather Lab, museum visitors will encounter the sun, wind, clouds, precipitation and  storms. Along the way, they will learn about the inextricable relationship between weather and humanity, and efforts through technology to better understand and forecast weather conditions.

The immersive and interactive exhibition includes weather pods, artifacts, interactive touchscreens, videos, images, and text panels presented within a one-of-a-kind space, created solely for the Balloon Museum by the University of New Mexico's School of Architecture and Planning.

The Weather Lab also highlights two weather conditions that are important to Albuquerque, but for very different reasons: The famous "Albuquerque Box" and fire weather. 

Passing through the Precipitation Pod, visitors will learn about rain, freezing rain, sleet, hail, and snow. Other pods include the sun, wind, and clouds. The exhibition also includes sections on storms, space weather, seasons, climate, and satellites, among others.

 

Major Funding for The Weather Lab provided by:

 

The State of New Mexico

Susana Martinez, Governor

 

The City of Albuquerque

Richard J. Berry, Mayor

Dana Feldman, Director, Cultural Services Department

 

The Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation

Scott Appelman, President of the Board of Directors

Jill Lane, Executive Director

 

Additional Donors and Sponsors

Louis and Stacy Abruzzo

Nancy Abruzzo

AUI Inc.

Karen Brown

Chinook Spirit Children's Academy

Jacqueline and Ray Costales

Jane and Richard Cunningham

Davis Instruments

Anthony and Kelly Dibernardo

Tom Fisher and Diana Schroen

Cindy Hernandez

Ideum

KOB-TV

Jill Lane

Holly Lowe

Janice Lucero

Lee Mahoney

Nikki Peone

Krista Pink

Angela Romero

Rainbow Ryders

Shamrock Janitorial Supply Co.

Steve Stucker

Travelin’ Jack

Bobbie Tuley

Kim Vesely

Andrew and Carol Watson

 

Project Concept Development, Design, and Construction

Erica C. Renz, Project Developer

University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning

Design Group, Architects

Facility Build, General Contractor

 

Project Management

Paul Garver, Manager, Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Rita Harmon, Department of Municipal Development, City of Albuquerque

Serge Kalajdzic, Design Group

 

Interactives Design and Production

Ideum

New Mexico Highlands University

Simone Seagle

 

Content Contributors and Sources

Earth Sky News

Lieutenant Brian Fox, City of Albuquerque Fire Department

Fractal Foundation

The Met Office, United Kingdom

Marilee Schmit Nason, Ph.D., Curator of Collections, Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Forest Service

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

National Park Service

National Weather Service (NWS)

New Mexico State University

New Mexico Tech

Leah Robertson Ostro

United States Air Force

Wikimedia Commons

 

Special Thanks to

Geoffrey Adams, Associate Professor, University of New Mexico

Jennifer Bradley, Assistant City Attorney, City of Albuquerque

Mark Correa, Fiscal Manager, Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque

Jeff Driggers, Assistant City Attorney, City of Albuquerque

Frank Fell, Fabricator, Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Geraldine Forbes, Dean, School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico

Dr. David Gutzler, University of New Mexico

Jennifer Kubica, CIP Analyst, City of Albuquerque

Amanda M. Lujan, Curator, Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Dave Mathews, Deputy Director, Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque

Betty Anne McDermott, Center for Hands On Learning

Karl Ortiz, Executive Assistant, Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque

Charles Sierra, Building Maintenance, Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Michael Stuart, Technical Specialist, Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque

Dena Thomas-Aouassou, Fabrication Laboratory Manager, University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning

Efren Torres, Building Maintenance, Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Isabelle Zamora, Management Analyst, Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque