Pollen Count At Record High

By: WITN Weather
By: WITN Weather

The pollen count reached a record high in portions of North Carolina on Wednesday.

Eastern North Carolina is going through one of the worst years for pollen that it has ever experienced.  Daily averages during the spring in North Carolina are 1,000 to 1,500 grains per cubic meter.  The pollen count reached 3,524 grains yesterday.  Winston-Salem had a count three times higher at over 9,000 grains.  Scientists credit the recent dry spell, early, extended period of warm weather and flowering multiple species of trees over the past week with the coating of yellowish pollen that dusted the central part of the state over the past few days.  In eastern North Carolina everyone can see the evidence of high pollen from pine trees.  It gives a green and yellow look to almost everything outside.  The good news is that showers should arrive late tonight into early Friday as a strong cold front pushes into the area.  We should see much lower counts of pollen over the upcoming weekend. 

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