- Vernal equinox come and gone? Check.
- Thick coating of yellow-green powder covering everything outside (and most everything inside)? Check.
- Sneezing, itchy eyes, sinus pressure, etc..., etc..., etc...? Check!
- Pollen count is essentially how many individual grains of pollen can be found in one square meter of air in a 24-hour period. You can find your local pollen count at http://www.pollen.com/allergy-weather-forecast.asp and http://www.weather.com/activities/health/allergies/. Jackson's pollen count today is 10.8. Yes, that's high!
- Ragweed pollen has been found up to 400 miles out to sea and as far as 2 miles up in the sky.
- Did you know that "because pine pollen is heavy, it tends to fall straight down from the tree"? Because of this, "it doesn't scatter in the wind" and "rarely reaches human noses." It just makes a huge mess!
- Just one little ragweed plant can produce one million grains of pollen in a day.
US Department of Health and Human Services. Airborne Allergens: Something in the Air. National Institutes of Health, 2003.