At Least We Didn’t Have This in Minnesota This Spring
Winter Spring of 2018 has been a challenging one here in Minnesota with both record cold and record amounts of snow. But at least we didn't have to deal with this. While we were shivering and shoveling snow, the good folks out in Victorville, California had to break out the pitchforks, rakes, and shovels to deal with something else this spring: an invasion of... tumbleweeds!
And there were a LOT of them. Victorville, which is located a little over an hour northeast of Los Angeles, was hit with winds of nearly 50 miles per hour earlier this week, which ended up blowing the tumbleweeds (dry brush and scrub which commonly grows in rural desert areas in that part of the country) directly into town and onto homeowners' properties.
This NPR story says there were SOOO many tumbleweeds, they created piles 7 feet thick in some areas. Sue Jones, public information officer for the City of Victorville, told NPR in the story "that about 100 homes in the neighborhood required help after having their entryways at least partially blocked."
It went on to say one homeowner spent "several hours with a pitchfork to move the tumbleweeds to the street for the city to pick up with a front loader," the story said.
So, imagine having to shovel tumbleweeds instead of snow this spring. At least the weather out in California had to be way warmer than ours. So they have that going for them. And, I'll bet those tumbleweeds aren't any near as heavy as some wet April snow, either. It's still some weird Spring weather, though!