Tis the season:
Not being an allergy sufferer, I didn't know a good pollen count from a bad one. But if 120 is considered high, this would explain that heavy coating on my car: "Sufferers in Georgia and South Carolina witnessed pollen counts as high as 5,449 particles per cubic meter this week."
Jennifer Wig, Bristol Herald-Courier
It isn’t just love in the air during springtime. Tree pollen is flying about now, leaving a yellow and green layer on everything from cars to porches.
And those with allergies notice a difference, said Dr. W. Jan Kazmier, allergy specialist for Wellmont Health System.
"Because of the mild winter, a lot of the trees are starting [to] pollinate early," he said. "If we have sunny, windy weather there is pollen everywhere."
The Tri-Cities area has been on an "allergy alert" since Monday, according to the Allergy Diseases Asthma and Immunology Clinic in Bristol.
The clinic has recorded a pollen count of 854 particles per cubic meter in the Tri-Cities Thursday. A reading of 120 is considered high. (link)
It's enough to give you the sniffles.