Yellow particles had visibly settled in the Cherokee County area by Wednesday afternoon, leaving many area residents sniffing and sneezing their way through an extreme uptick in pollen counts.
However, the University of Georgia cooperative extension agent Louise Estabrook said it’s the much more miniscule tree and weed pollen that’s causing allergic reactions rather than the gritty golden dust gathered on most cars.
“The pollen we see is pine pollen,” Estabrook said. “It’s the much finer stuff producing allergic reactions.”
Along with pine, tree pollen from oak, birch, mulberry, sweet gum and sycamore trees are all contributing to the upswing.
The total pollen count Wednesday for the metro Atlanta area was 4,151, with tree pollen at an extremely high level. That’s almost double Tuesday’s count of 2,607, which is also considered extremely high.
Numbers began to spike Sunday at 1,691 after the count jumped from 5 last Friday.
Last year, the highest reported count was March 20 at a record 9,367.
Throughout pollen season, the Cherokee Tribune will publish the daily pollen count on the front page.