Skip to comments.Tumbleweeds bury Clovis homes
Posted on 01/30/2014 11:27:22 AM PST by Kartographer
Clovis city officials say the whopping weeds are covering homes and blocking streets and residents are calling it the tumbleweed invasion of 2014.
It looked like a herd of cows coming in, said Clovis resident Lee Cassidy. The tumbleweeds were just rolling in.
After those tumbleweeds rolled in, they got stuck.
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NEW MEXICO PING!!!
HA! They blew in from the Antelope Valley and Mojave Desert...
I was wondering where all of ours end up...now I know.
A common sight in eastern Wyoming.
If you have a leaf blower, can you send them to the neighbors?
Tumbleweeds are basically standard scene material in all Western movies.
The interesting thing is they were not native to the U.S. but were brought to America by Russian immigrants in the 1890s. They were accidentally mixed in with their wheat seeds.
When they get piled up the only way using a pitchfork.
-— The interesting thing is they were not native to the U.S. but were brought to America by Russian immigrants in the 1890s -—
Cool info. Thanks.
It is less commonly called “Russian Thistle”.
Or better yet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOplBXTO8io
Migrating invasive species.
They look like something that would burn, I’d torch them.
It’s not uncommon to fork them into drums and burn them, but just lighting up a pile in the backyard would be a very bad idea.
Is this New Mexico ???
This is the Clayton Hail Glacier of August 2004.
I remember those days from my youth.
1956, McKormic School in Farmington NM. We kids made tumbleweed forts on the play ground. Had lots of fun in them till the weekend and the next Monday we found the custodian had burned them. And HE did not even have to pile them.
1961, Carlsbad NM. The radio (KAVE) issued warnings on what streets to avoid due to tumbleweeds blocking the roads.
1967 Walker AFB Roswell NM. The service building entrances were blocked so bad it took about an hour to clear a way in. If the Russians had launched and attack we would have been toast.
The only problem was that our car had velour upholstery and I was never, ever able to completely get rid of the stickery leftover chaff.
I always wondered who put that there. I always got a kick out of it.
Which do I hate most? Tumbleweeds or goatheads (Sandburrs). I think it would be goatheads. No wonder the goat head is a sign of Satanists.
Clovis is a pretty good-sized town in eastern NM. There’s an Air Force base there and everything. It’s the last stop on Hwy 60/84 in NM before you come to the thriving metropolis of Lubbock, TX. :^)
Nice! Nice homepage as well...can’t remember the last time I saw a RoadRunner around here...had to be sometime in the early 2000 time frame at Edwards AFB...awesome birds...watched a program on NGC about them a few weeks ago...quite informative.
Goatheads are evil...hate them things...
I lived in the Farmington area for 4 years. Learned the joy of burning large piles of tumbleweeds.
I always thought that about the goat head shape.
[ I lived in the Farmington area for 4 years. Learned the joy of burning large piles of tumbleweeds. ]
They make wonderful crackling noises!!!
Yeppir. Russian Thistle. I bought one to put “fairy lights” on a couple of Christmases ago.
While looking for them online, I came across a site that said they were used (or being used) to clean up radioactivity somewhere. I didn’t really fathom how.
They’re vicious little critters, a mass of thorns. Warning should anyone try to use them as a decoration (handle with extreme care & leather gloves), but they’d make a pretty fair deterrent piled up against a fence, better than Pampas Grass.
Decades ago I was driving a low slung 914 across New Mexico and went into a tumbleweed filled wind storm coming out of the south crossing my highway path at right angles.
In some cases you could see them coming and in other cases highway fringe grades would hide their approach until they popped out in front of you at 40 miles an hour driven by the winds. Some of them were 48 inches in diameter so they were much taller than my horizontal vision line.
It took a lot of steady nerve to keep driving right through them and initally now swerve, brake or flinch at my young age at the time. I had no raditor/fan/belt combination in front to get clogged or debris filled, so it was simply a matter of bashing through the hundreds I encountered in a 200 mile streatch of 1970s erea highway.
If I had been in a tall sedan or pickup, it would not have been so bad, but a low sportscar — wow.
***I had no raditor/fan/belt combination in front to get clogged or debris filled,
it would not have been so bad, but a low sportscar***
VW? Karmann Ghia?
Pretty good? A lot more than that I think! Curtis Gates, aka Ken Curtis, aka Festus Hagin was a professional singer before becoming an actor, he was lead singer for the Sons of the Pioneers and replaced Frank Sinatra as the vocalist for the Tommy Dorsey band when Sinatra left the job. Pretty impressive I would say. This https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RQ-wRfhJT4is his performance of “Breathless” with Shep Fields, he looks nothing like Festus in this video. In fact I would say he was better looking than the average guy without a doubt. He may have been one of the most underrated and overlooked entertainers in history. The “Festus Hagin” character was one you either loved or hated, personally I always liked watching the episodes that put Festus out front but even if you hated the character you would have to say Curtis played the part to perfection.
Oh, the Rawhide theme song of course was done by the one and only Frankie Laine who only stopped performing in 2007 at the age of 93 and Eastwood played “Rowdy” Yates, not Yowdy.
I think goatheads were the reason green Slime for tires was invented. My kids’ bike tires were continually being punctured on the way to school.
Until now, I didn’t know what they were called.
In 1950s southern California, on our street that was a really a long steep hill, we made land-rafts out of wood with bolted on roller skates for wheels, collected dozens of tumbleweeds from the vacant acres above our subdivision, tied them in bunches of a dozen or so and used them as “sails” to catch the Santa Anna winds and drag our land rafts down the street. It was as good as our snow sleds on the hills were in the winter when we lived “back east” in earlier years. Later, more subdivisions and other developments ended nearly all the open land and the tumbleweeds were eventually all gone; like the orange groves that went away almost as fast.
Supposedly, ground zero was Odessa Texas. That was the main camp for the Russian laborers building the railroad, who named the camp Odessa and it became the town/city, just west of Midland, which is called Midland because it is midway between Dallas and El Paso.
VW almost. It was a first year Porsche 914 before they ruined them. They started out 30% Porsche / 70% VW but by ‘73 they were almost all VW. With 4.6” of ground clearance it was like you were sitting 7” above the asphalt, but boy would they corner, track and brake. You could snake through traffic with the most precision of anything I have ever had — not a lot of power but they only weighed about 1990 lbs as I recall.
In the late 50s and early 60s, we would wear those flipflops with the thick rubber soles. At the end of the day, we would have to scrape the goatheads off, as they covered the entire bottoms of the flipflops.
Frequently, some of the broken off ‘needles’ would work their way through the rubber and still stick the bottom of the feet.
Those were the days.
Imported on the hoves of cattle.
There might be something in the name
“Clovis.” Clovis California has lots of them too.
Just don’t get the bright idea to set them on fire....