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Pollen

    Today's cold and wind could just be the next step in dealing with high pollen counts.  The chilly temps and wind gusts may mean only a temporary reprieve from your allergy symptoms.  'The wind will whip the pollen around,” Allergist Dr. Kevin Shaffer with Atlanta Allergy and Asthma tells WSB Radio. This current cold snap will likely act as a revival for the blooms in the area creating more pollen. Dr. Shaffer likens the process to sticking fresh-cut flowers in the fridge on a hot day.  'I do think that cool kind of preserves them briefly, and then the warmer weather seems to kind of snap that count right back up,” Shaffer explains. He also said the high pollen count will not be going away anytime soon. 'We can expect this entire month to be bad for most people who suffer with allergies,” Shaffer predicts, adding, “And really into May for many of the people.” Monday's pollen count is 1437. Today's wind chill factor will make it feel like it is in the 40s outside. For more in-depth weather coverage from WSB meteorologist Kirk Mellish, click here.
  • If you can’t see today’s pollen count on mobile, click here. Information: Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Pollen Counting Station The Atlanta Allergy & Asthma pollen count measures the number of pollen grains per cubic meter of air over the previous 24 hours. The National Allergy Bureau scale for tree pollens (spring allergens) is Low 0-14, Moderate 15-89, High 90-1499, Extremely High 1500+
  • We finally get a break, kind of. The Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic reports the pollen count for Metro Atlanta is now at 5,174.  It includes Birch, Mulberry, Oak, Pine, grass and weeds. That is lower than the record 9,369 reported Tuesday, but much larger than the highest pollen count of 2011, which was 3,939 reported on March 24.
  • The AJC's Mike Morris contributed to this story The pollen today in the metro Atlanta area is the highest it's ever been: 8,164.The early Monday measurement of particles of pollen per cubic meter of air was more than a third higher than the previous record of 6,013, set on April 12, 1999.Dr Stanley Fineman with the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic says it could stay that way for a while, 'If we continue to have the same temperatures that we're having now, we could anticipate continuing very high pollen count. Now we're seeing double; more than double the numbers of pollen we had last week.'According to Fineman it's been this way for a while.  'In fact it started in early February,' he says.  'We've seen extremely high levels of pollen last week and patients were really having a lot of difficulty.  They can have complications from allergies, and allergies can be very serious.  People can get infections; sinus infections; we're seeing patients who are developing asthma symptoms with coughing and chest congestion.'Even non-allergic patients are having difficulty with this high pollen count. It can cause irritation.,' says Fineman.