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Tumbleweed drifts engulf cars in Washington


Posted on Friday, 3 January, 2020 | Comment icon 11 comments

Some vehicles ended up completely buried in the tumbleweed. Image Credit: Twitter / Trooper C. Thorson
Vehicles were left completely engulfed in huge walls of tumbleweed due to high winds on New Year's Eve.
While the sight of tumbleweed sweeping across the highway is certainly nothing unusual, being forced to avoid 30ft-tall walls of the stuff is not something that tends to happen on your average road trip.

This was the reality for hundreds of travelers on New Year's Eve however as huge quantities of tumbleweed ended up being blown onto State Highway 240 near Yakima, Washington.

The road had to be closed for ten hours while workers tried to free the stricken vehicles.
"In 20 years on the job, I've never seen anything like this before," said Washington State Patrol trooper Chris Thorson. "We've unofficially dubbed it 'Tumbleggedon 2020.'"

A similar incident occurred back in April 2018 when large quantities of tumbleweed swept into Victorville, California and buried some houses up to their second floor windows.

Persistent strong winds of up to 60mph have been blamed in both cases.


Source: Live Science | Comments (11)

Tags: Tumbleweed

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year on 2 January, 2020, 13:55
Couldn't resist........  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Piney on 2 January, 2020, 14:24
Comment icon #4 Posted by RoofGardener on 2 January, 2020, 14:27
For some reason all of the book adverts at the bottom of the page are for Climate Change books ? 
Comment icon #5 Posted by butterflygirl1 on 2 January, 2020, 14:27
I'm amazed at the density of the tumbleweeds, I wonder if anything specific caused such a large number?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Myles on 2 January, 2020, 16:27
 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Myles on 2 January, 2020, 16:28
10 hours?   
Comment icon #8 Posted by Doug1029 on 3 January, 2020, 17:08
Yes.  A high wind and a long fetch distance.  I have seen them bury a house. Windbreaks make great tumbleweed catchers. No.  This doesn't have anything to do with global warming. Doug
Comment icon #9 Posted by cerberusxp on 4 January, 2020, 22:17
Huh, they usually just light these on fire if the wind isn't too bad.
Comment icon #10 Posted by butterflygirl1 on 5 January, 2020, 13:21
Wow that is crazy..... thanks!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Jon the frog on 5 January, 2020, 15:50
That's a lot of biomass !


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