Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Great Pollen Attack of 2012

Today is the first day of Spring. Isn't that great.  So many things starting to bloom.  Flowers and trees are being brought to life and the colors makes us all feel so warm and fuzzy inside.  Love starts to rise from the frozen grounds around us.  And with the arrival of Spring that also means the arrival of

Pollen.  The fine to coarse powder containing the microgametophytes (?) of seed plants, which produce the male gametes (sperm cells). When pollen lands on a compatible pistil or female cone (i.e., when pollination has occurred), it germinates and produces a pollen tube that transfers the sperm to the ovule (or female gametophyte). Individual pollen grains are small enough to require magnification to see detail. (Thanks Wikipedia)

Now for the non scientists that most of us are, Pollen is the yellow stuff that is caked all over our cars, or decks, streets, and basically anything that is left outside for more than two minutes.  Now here in the Georgia area, we are getting hammered by the pollen. Today the Pollen Count is around 9,300.  That is a record and not the kind of record we want to be setting.  The normal pollen count for a comfort level is in the hundreds.  We talk about it being really bad when we see numbers in the thousands.  Yesterday the number was in the eight thousands.  So today with the count being in the nine thousands, it just makes it like we are having a light flurry or dusting of yellow snow.

A pollen covered car, after one day.

Ridiculous.  It looks like yellow snow dusting's.

See the yellow pollen spores hanging in the trees. Awesome huh?

For the life of me I cant remember having allergy problems when I lived in Texas.  But since moving to Georgia,  this stuff gets to me. All the time.  The headaches, the itchy nose, the watery eyes, the sick feeling that comes along with it. I'm not one for taking anything either so I don't really rely on the meds too much.  My kids cant handle this either.  I think it hits C1 the worst. His eyes swell up like a boxer that was just beaten.  C2, it doesn't seem to bother him too bad. C3 well, it is getting her right now and affecting her in the throat and eyes. C4, I'm not really sure how it hits him yet. Guess we will find out soon enough.  But having four kids that love to play outside makes it tough. Do you let them go out and them suffer later.  We kept them inside for most of the weekend.  Trying to keep them safe from the attacks of the yellow clouds that surround us all.

Well there you are. My weather - science post of the week. Hope you have enjoyed a look into our lives and what we deal with here.  What is it like in your area?

Send us rain.

Kiss the Baby



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