Early mornings are the best time for taking off in a balloon. This is the time when the breeze is gentle, with just enough strength to lift the balloon up. This morning breeze also makes for smooth flights and gentle landings.
The landscape, gloriously bathed in the early morning light shows up well in photographs.
Hot air ballooning usually takes place at wind speeds of up to 10 miles an hour. Also the winds have to be stable, otherwise you will end up feeling giddy in a balloon swaying to and fro like a pendulum.
With moderately strong winds, taking off in the balloon in light rain is possible. But as a rule, ballooning does not take place when rain is forecasted, for it is difficult to steer a wet and heavy balloon.