Watch a Plague of Tumbleweeds Blow Across the West
The rolling plants may be symbols of the West, but they’re also pesky invaders.
When my parents moved to Idaho a few years ago, they received quite a welcome. Before they finished unpacking their boxes, a blast of cool wind blew through the night. When they awoke the next morning, the yard was covered in tumbleweeds, stacked neck-high. My parents spent the next day bagging the brittle plants up.
A similar scene was caught on video last week and has gone viral online. In the short clip above, a slew of tumbleweeds can be seen blowing across a field in Bozeman, Montana, according to the uploader. (See more photos of tumbleweeds.)
Although tumbleweeds have been nearly ubiquitous in much of the American West for more than a century, they’re not native. The plant,