Spring has sprung in Atlanta and you’d know it from the greenery creeping back, the people outside and the thick yellow film of pine pollen that coats everything. Every car has some message scripted into it. Park your car on the street and you’re sure to wind up with a “wash me” or a “Go $*@&! yourself.” In Ben’s neighborhood the good little kids of Decatur draw butterflies in the pollen, but other places they draw more obscene images. Anyway, yesterday was the first rain we’d received in a week or so and every puddle had swirls of yellow gracing their surfaces. One thing everyone seems to know everything about is the pollen count. The story comes out the same no matter who is telling it. “Above 100 is supposed to be very high and we’ve been up around 5,000” It sounds like the type of thing that can get blown out of proportion really fast. But if you heard it on WABE during the pledge drive last week, it must be true.
I decided to do some investigating. I went straight to the source: Google, and typed in ‘Atlanta pollen count’. The brought me to the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic who perform the daily pollen count for the Atlanta Area. Below is a sample of their findings.
My allergies have not been horrific as of yet. A bit plugged up (in the nose) but that’s about it. I also heard on the radio that the pollen you can’t see (oak, sycamore, etc.) is what is gets people. C’est la vie, at least spring is here.