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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Pollen Explosion

Posted April 8, 2010 7:59 a.m. EDT
Updated April 8, 2010 1:52 p.m. EDT

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..