Its up…up…and away!
The surface winds were about 10 mph due west, and many people were worried when the balloon jetted westward at a high speed. However, the greater threat was from above. The high altitude atmosphere winds were blowing due east at a much higher speed.
We stopped at a Starbucks to sit and wait to see which way the balloon was flying. We tracked it on findmespot.com.
We watched in agony as the balloon hit the jet stream and accelerated back west across the launch site. It soon disappeared above the range of the GPS. We were in the dark.
A couple hours later, we got another ping from the website. (About 6 hours had elapsed.) It was descending. It was almost 250 miles away.