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Pollen Explosion

Posted April 8, 2010

How bad is the pollen in your neighborhood?  Please describe. Everyone is talking about it. I laughed as my son insisted on washing his car Sunday afternoon. I just about choked as I walked into the woods with my dog Rufus last night. The pollen was suffocating. I'm really looking forward to my lawn mowing chores this afternoon!

Kelcey Carlson said she could see massive swirls of yellow over the Triangle as she flew in from Indianapolis where she covered the Final Four. 

During WRAL's Morning News we were wondering out loud about how bad the pollen will be at the Masters Golf Tournament beginning today with Tiger Woods returning to the game for the first time since November.

My buddy from radio days Walt Howard, who grew up in Augusta, was watching us and sent me the following description of pollen at the Masters: 

You've seen the course is loaded with huge pines, & they're prolific! There will be times during the tournament, when the wind is up, you'll see those yellow/green dust storms rolling through the fairways!  After a day on the course, you can actually feel the pollen in your teeth, crunching like grit!

Thanks, Walt.  The person with the best description of the pollen problem wins two tickets to the Lorica and Concert Singers of Cary show a week from Saturday, April 17th,  at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cary..


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  • lynneslaughter Apr 9, 2010

    with thanks to Ernest T. Bass

  • lynneslaughter Apr 9, 2010

    Yellow haze/Warm spring days/Pollen swirling/My head is twirling/Eyes itchy/My mood is witchy/Needed the rain/To clear my brain/Feeling better/So I wrote this letter

  • dharper22 Apr 8, 2010

    I parked at Lowe's here in Hickory this afternoon and noted the yellow hoods and roofs on most cars and pickups. The rain hit while I was in the store. When I came out I waded yellow streams running rapidly toward the sewers. Here's hoping this rain gets to the Triangle and washes away the Yellow Peril.

  • rjcampana Apr 8, 2010

    I live on Loblolly Pine --- 'nuff said.

  • blytle Apr 8, 2010

    fishnett, raleighnative and LMRA: Thanks for the kind words!

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Apr 8, 2010

    Although I don't have much problem with allergies, I was concerned that one of my cats was acting pretty listless until someone suggested that he might have allergies. With the pollen as bad as it is this year, I believe it!

    I, too, have a tuxedo cat and she went outside yesterday and wallowed around until she turned yellow. No problem, she just came in and rolled around on Mama's bed to clean herself off.

  • LMRA Apr 8, 2010

    mdoodle - as always, you've found a way to capture the essence of the topic of the day!

  • cornfused Apr 8, 2010

    miNE WILL MOST LIKELY SOUND LIKE AN allergy medication commercial. Itchy, red, watery eyes, runny nose, conjestion, snezing and sinus headache, all caused by the bees pollenating the flowers, but when I see the lovely spring foilage and when I eat the wonderful honey the bees make, I forget all about the painin the rear of pollen!

  • wkp01 Apr 8, 2010

    I left work yesterday headed for home. Arriving in the parking lot, I could not locate my red truck.I later found it by looking for the Tar Heel championship license plate. Someone had played a terrible prank and painted my shiny red truck a dull yellow. I am still looking for the culprit.

  • bleslie Apr 8, 2010

    After reading these colorful descriptions I am covered with a thick layer of gratitude.




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