Tumbleweeds create wall near Albuquerque Kirtland Air Force Base


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The weather led to a bizarre scene in Albuquerque on Friday. While residents are used to seeing waves of tumbleweeds invade the city out on the West Mesa, it was strange to see them so close to the metro.

The wall of tumbleweeds on Wyoming, just outside of the Kirtland Air Force Base, stood about 7 feet tall and spanned the width of two lanes of traffic, creating quite the attraction for motorists.

Business was a little slower than usual for Nicolaau Spilca and it’s not because of Black Friday. It’s because of the giant tumbleweed wall right outside of his gas station.

Spilca has owned this gas station next to the base for nearly two decades. He says this is something he’s never seen before.

“I built this station 18 years ago and it’s never happened like this,” said Spilca.

Winds up to 45 mph are what brought these tumbleweeds here. While this tumbleweed wall may be a nuisance, many are curious if it’s something they’ll ever see again.

“I live right down the street. My brother called me and he’s like come and see this you’ll never see anything like this. It’s amazing,” said Nicole Schaffer.

Traffic may be slow inside the gas station, but outside the store many are stopping by to take a picture of the mass of tumbleweeds, turning this into a tourist attraction.

“I looked at all the tumbleweeds and thought that was amazing. So I had to drive back to take a few pictures for all my people back in Texas,” said Tyler Johnson.

Crews from the base, Clean Cities, and Municipal Development spent the afternoon corralling the tumbleweeds and removing them from the road.

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