Mount Rainier towers more than 14,000 feet above Puget Sound on the northwestern coast of the state of Washington. That means chilly temperatures and snow are the norm, especially in winter. And when you aim a super soaker of moisture at it directly from the tropics, it means enough snow to bury a house. Over the course of the week, Mount RainierMore
On Wednesday afternoon, the people of Montana welcomed their new tumbleweed overlords.
A dispatch from Bozeman captures the early moments of the invasion. A brisk wind swept out of the west, spurring on the horde of spherical interlopers across farmland and a frozen lake.
The roar of the breeze hid the sound of their march across the plains. Weather records show that winds gusted to 52 mph and temperatures dropped to 37°F from 51°F in the span of 8 minutes.
The arrival of the tumbleweed legion was swift and their takeover complete. The one hope for Montanans to escape its grasp rides on a storm crossing the state today. Winter weather warnings and advisories indicate areas of widespread snow, which could freeze out the tumbleweed army, sending them to a fate similar to Napoleon’s Russian winter.