ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Friday’s pollen count skyrocketed past 6,000, the highest it has been in six years in Atlanta and is the 5th highest on record.
According to the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Center, Friday’s count was at 6262 particles per cubic meter of air which blew past this past Sunday’s 4,666, making the new record high for the season.
Friday’s count includes extremely high levels of pine, oak, sweet gum, birch, and sycamore pollen and a moderate level of grasses.
Again, the rains helped to wash away the previous pollen but didn’t do much to stop the next wave. By Friday afternoon, there were little dried up pools of yellow on the pavement around the metro Atlanta area.
Cars were well coated by the afternoon as well, making almost all parked cars appear to be a different shade of yellow.
The pollen count has been taken daily around 6 a.m. since 1991. The top two spots were both recorded seven years with 9,369 on March 20, 2012, and 8,165 the day prior. The next year proved almost as bad with 8,024 recorded on April 11, 2013, and 7,809 the next day.
Friday’s pollen count has fallen into the 5th spot.
Anything more than 1500 is considered in the extremely high range and last year, there were about a dozen days where that was true. The pollen season typically runs through the end of the April or the beginning of May but varies year-to-year.
On extremely high pollen days like Sunday’s, the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Center recommends keeping cars and house windows closed, cleaning or changing air filters regularly, showering when getting home and definitely before crawling into bed, wearing sunglasses and masks, and removing shoes when entering the house.