ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) – Atlanta allergy suffers get ready, because the city is experiencing another major pollen day.
Saturday’s pollen count passed 6,500, the highest count for the year and the fifth highest in the city’s recorded history.
According to the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Center, Saturday’s count reached 6575 particles per cubic meter of air, taking the top spot from a week ago’s count of 6,262.
Saturday’s count had extremely high levels of mulberry, pine, oak, sycamore, and sweet gum pollen and a low level of mugwort weeds.
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.
Saturday’s pollen count is now the 5th spot, with Friday, April 5 on the 6th 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 Saturday, 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.