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Blues show could begin early Saturday

Bad weather could prompt an early start to Saturday’s Blue Angels’ show, so start your day early.
The Blues are currently scheduled to start at 2 p.m. after a full day of other performance, but they could be moved to 11 a.m. if weather threatens. That decision will be made by Naval Air Station Pensacola at 7:30 a.m. and will be reported on pnj.com.
The first day of the the Blue Angels’ annual homecoming show at Pensacola Naval Air Station went off with a bang Friday, but not without a few hiccups.
Weather was an issue early on, as low-hanging clouds forced a few pilots to cancel their morning performances out of safety concerns. By afternoon the skies cleared up, and the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron and numerous other pilots wowed a crowd of thousands with breakneck speeds and daring aerobatics.
The evening show was delayed when a Boeing EA-18G Growler had to make a landing shortly after taking off. The show resumed shortly after without incident.
The last show of the Blue’s 2015 season is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, but more bad weather may put a damper on the fun. The National Weather Service has forecast a 40 percent chance of rain and heavy cloud cover.
“The chance of rain really ramps up around 9 a.m.,” Ryan Rogers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mobile, said Friday. “We’re not expecting heavy rain totals — about a quarter-inch with most of it after sunset — so it’s not a washout by any means, but it will definitely be cloudy.”
The cloud ceiling, the distance from the ground to the bottom of the lowest cloud, is likely to be between 1,000-2,000 feet tomorrow. Many pilots participating in the airshow need ceilings of at least 1,500 feet so they can see around them and fly safely.
Right now, the show is scheduled to go forward, but the weather “is gonna be dicey,” Rogers said
Pensacola Naval Air Station is monitoring the weather closely, and like Friday, they will not allow pilots to fly in hazardous weather.

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