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Rain jackets and umbrellas protect Walla Walla Balloon Stampede spectators from a drizzly morning and low clouds while leaving the launch field along with balloon chase vehicles. The weather kept balloons grounded from the morning launch at Garrison Middle School.

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Too much wind, low visibility keep hot air balloons grounded

Balloon Stampede directors expect today's weather to fair better for the 6:30 a.m. launch scheduled at the fairgrounds.

WALLA WALLA — Too much wind, too little visibility and too much drizzle deflated the aspirations of 39 pilots who had high hopes of taking off at Saturday morning's Balloon Stampede.The worst part about it for Pacific Peaks Balloon pilot Jim Smith of Tiga


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