The Rise of the Six-Foot Tall Tumbleweeds

Tumbleweeds don't seem like much. Usually we imagine them rolling on a barren wasteland, until the winds die down. But researchers have discovered a new species of tumbleweed called Salsola ryanii which has the capacity to grow as high as six feet.

To complicate matters, the tumblebeasts may very well thrive on climate change. "It's one of the only things that's still green in late summer," said researcher Shana Welles in an interview with U.C. Riverside News. "They may be well positioned to take advantage of summer rains if climate changes make those more prevalent."

(Image credit: USAF/Senior Airman Ericka Engblom)

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Truly one more thing I do not miss about Southern California.
I agree, 6 foot tumbleweeds not a new thing. I remember 20 years ago driving Highway 15 and hitting one as big as my Crown Vic near Devore.
It also begs the question, why is everyone who lives in Devore drunk? Answer is, you have to be to live in Devore :D

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