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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.