Pollen Count

  04/22/14

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The tree pollens are past their peak numbers for 2014,    Grass will be on the increase now,   Grass pollen is full of starch, and is heavy.  This time of year, it does not always get high enough in the air to get to our sampler. However, once we have seen grass in our sample, we know that it is present every dry day until the end of July.

With frequent rain showers, the pollen count will be staying at low levels.

Some people were noticing pollen accumulating on their cars or car windshields last week.   If you  are parking under or near fir or hemlock trees ,they are the likely source, since they are pollenating now and their pollen grains are very large and tend to just fall to the ground.  In May, the same will be true for pine trees.

 

 

Pollen Count Rating Predominant Pollen
Trees: 33 Low  Mixed: Birch, maple, cedar, elm, sycamore, ash, oak, alder
Low: 1 – 50         Moderate: 51 – 199       High: 200-599       Very High: over 600
 
Grasses: 1 Low
Low: 1 - 5            Moderate: 6-14            High: 15-30            Very High: over 30
Weeds:  0  Absent
Low 1-2.9             Moderate 3 – 9           High 10-20             Very High = over 20

What these ratings mean:

Absent

No symptoms.

Low

Only individuals extremely sensitive to these pollens will experience symptoms.

Moderate

Many individuals sensitive to these pollens will experience symptoms

High

Most individuals with any sensitivity to these pollens will experience symptoms.

Very High

Almost all individuals with any sensitivity at all to these pollens will experience symptoms. Extremely sensitive people could have severe problems.