Pollen invades Raleigh, residents embrace it

Posted March 22, 2012

— There's no escaping it.

Pollen is taking over Raleigh, and with North Carolina having one of the highest pollen counts in the nation on Thursday, just about everyone seems to be talking about it.

But with the beautiful weather over the past few days, some, like Renee Williams, say it's easier to embrace it.

Williams grew up in the South, and although it's not pleasant, she said the yellow dust won't keep her or her friends inside.

"You've got to be outside anyway. You've got to learn to deal with it, and I'm not going to give up a beautiful day just because of pollen," she said.

Raleigh isn't alone.

The pollen – mostly from trees – has arrived early this year, and it's off the charts across the South and the Midwest, thanks largely to an unusually warm winter.

According to, the level in Raleigh Thursday was 9.7 out of 12 on the allergy index. Friday and Sunday were also forecast as being high.

Dana Malloy says she's not bothering to wash her car, but she's had to dust the house more often since the start of spring.

Pollen Pollen invades Raleigh

"I was looking out my back door yesterday, and I saw this big green cloud coming toward me, and I had to slam the door before it could get in the house," she said.

Jerome Brown said he had to drive through a cloud of pollen on his way to Lake Johnson.

"It was like a thick fog," he said. "I know it's not fog, but you can see the little particles in the air when you're coming down the hill. It's like mist."

Natives know, it's a spring-time ritual, and they simply wait for Mother Nature to shower it away.


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  • tayled Mar 23, 2012

    Perhaps our government should regulate it!

  • busyb97 Mar 23, 2012

    I laughed at the headline "residents embrace it". Like we have a CHOICE?
    Hard part for allergy sufferers is being able to get the meds you need without being strip searched at the pharmacy!! With two people in the house using the meds for allergy issues, you go through a box pretty fast! The OTC stuff isnt worth a thing.

  • snowmentality Mar 23, 2012

    Luckily I'm not allergic to pollen, and I understand that pine pollen is too large to cause a true allergic reaction anyway. But the sheer number of particles in the air makes me sneeze. It's like being in a very dusty room. I've lived in NC all my life, and it happens every year -- but I'm really looking forward to this being over.

  • wenfromwake Mar 23, 2012

    Supposedly the pine pollen has too large of a particle to cause allergies. It's actually the other trees putting out pollen at the same time that is the allergy causing culprit such as the oak, birch, maple and juniper.
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  • jockeyshiftspringer Mar 23, 2012

    Bartmeister said: "It's so bad that crackheads are trying to convert their meth back into Sudafed!"

    LOL, good one!!

  • jockeyshiftspringer Mar 23, 2012

    Yellow Rider said: "The upside to pine pollen is that it makes line calls in tennis really easy!"

    LOL, I don't play tennis, but I can see how that helps.

  • nicolle Mar 23, 2012

    Me too! (Bart's comment) Best line ever!

  • blahblahblah Mar 23, 2012

    Suffer thru the season, yes, embrace, no.

  • jahudson Mar 23, 2012

    Our allergies get bad after the yellow stuff is gone.

  • zile1porkey Mar 23, 2012

    Bart you made my day!!!