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Yellow pollen covers cars, coats central N.C.

Posted April 5, 2010

— Yellow pollen has taken over central North Carolina. On Monday, it covered cars and wreaked havoc on allergy sufferers.

Where is all the pollen coming from?

Jen Smith, education coordinator of Cape Fear Botanical Garden, says pollen is nothing more than sperm cells from a plant.

“Once it gets those sperm cells delivered to the female part, its job is done,” Smith said.

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So far, love is in the air this April. It is also on windshields and pavement.

“I think it’s fallen at a near epidemic proportion this year. It’s everywhere,” Fayetteville resident Mark Wallace said Monday.

Wallace described Monday's blast as "pollen Armageddon."

North Carolina, which is filled with Longleaf and Loblolly pine, is a yellow pollen paradise.

“Because of all of the pines we have, it’s one of the best places to see pollen put on a show,” Smith said.

Smith said the hot, dry weather has made the pollen more noticeable than usual.

“The pollen travels in the wind, and if there’s moisture in the air, that moisture accumulates on the pollen grains and pulls them down and out of the air,” she said.

With the dry weather, "it’s been a great opportunity for these cells to travel through the air and find their targets.”

Dennis Shackelford, of Fayetteville, is one of many suffering from allergy symptoms due to the pollen. "The older I get, the worst I get," he said.

Yellow pollen may come from pine trees, but Smith said most of the other trees are reasons why people are sneezing.

The spores of hardwoods are smaller and lighter than pines, she says, making them easier to travel through your nose.

Allergists say pollen is thickest in the air in early morning and early evening, so it could help to stay inside at those times as much as possible.


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  • watchtower Apr 6, 2010

    Mr. Fishel,
    This is unacceptable. I was outside for 15 minutes today and my hair turned green. Please make the pollen stop.

  • Garnerwolf1 Apr 6, 2010

    "Don't worry, with the clearing of pollen comes a gorgeous spring!" Uh? this IS spring. The day this stuff ends, summer starts!

  • wildcat Apr 6, 2010

    if it bothers you that much, then stay in doors. if you go outside then wash your car and everything else. you have no control over the environment.

  • robbincasino Apr 6, 2010

    LOL! I really don't care where the pollen comes from, just make it stop, Pleaaseeee!

  • TeresaBee Apr 6, 2010

    Ok, is this the worse year ever for pine tree's yellow sperm cells all over the place? I don't remember it ever being this bad. Looks like volcano ash all over.

  • rescuefan Apr 6, 2010

    "some of you folk are a little silly. i'm surprised you didn't pick up on the blatant sarcasm in takethisyou's post.

    LOL, I know, right? I think he was just filling in for Time4Real since he appears to be on vacation this week.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 6, 2010

    I couldn't get past Lightfoot3's post. Good One!

  • nicolle Apr 6, 2010

    I was in Myrtle Beach this weekend, and the pollen was just as bad there. It actually coated the ocean. The waves were yellow and any pooling indents in the sand had a coating of pollen. It was especially bad during high tide.

  • m0nky Apr 6, 2010

    some of you folk are a little silly. i'm surprised you didn't pick up on the blatant sarcasm in takethisyou's post.

  • wow9 Apr 6, 2010

    To Takethisyou! I am so sorry that you can not appreciate this state nor anything in your life! Please take time today to step back and look at what all you do have to be blessed for and just enjoy the beauty of nature that God has created!!!