Yes we are all on the Countdown for the Eclipse and with some lingering concern on any cloud on the Coast we will be keeping a sharp eye on the weather for 14th November 2012 - Eclipse Day ! Happily as we will be heading Inland to Mareeba about 40km the great dividing range normally holds up all any cloud and gives us the best chance at clear skies - fingers crossed !
Hot Air Balloon Cairns has been lucky enough to be flying for many years in Australias' most stable and reliable flying area the Mareeba valley of the Atherton tablelands located about 40km inland it avoids the wind and rain of the Coastal fringe with just 750mm of rainfall annually in Mareeba versus 2200mm annual average in Cairns! Our pilots know the local weather cairns forecast and conditions intimately and are in daily contact with the local Bureau of Meteorology weather experts, supplemented by our own local Atherton Tablelands weather observations and even letting off our own weather balloons and using all the resources of the internet computer weather models. You can be sure we will make the weather call with your safety as our foremost consideration. The Mareeba district boasts over 300 sunny days a year made famous in an article in Time Magazine and shown in BOM Climate data as only 59 cloudy days, and Hot Air lose on average only 20 days a year to wind and inclement weather, flying for 340. We will therefore nearly always pick you up and travel to Mareeba to make the weather call, very rarely cancelling in advance the previous day however if we do so we would do so by 5pm. It is helpful however that we hold you mobile or cellphone number against your booking so please let us know if you have one (international numbers ok).