Pollen levels remain high

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 02:26 PM.

The start of spring is traditionally when Eastern North Carolina begins to see high pollen levels.

“Every year, this is our peak period right now,” said Tom Mather, public information officer with the N.C. Division of Air Quality.

The division collects pollen data from a sampler in Raleigh beginning in early March and continuing until around mid-November.

While the station is in Raleigh, the trend is the same across the state. The pollen starts as soon as the trees start blooming, which typically begins earlier along the coast as temperatures warm.

“We usually start seeing high levels along the coast first and it moves across the state,” he said.

The division classifies pollen counts as low, moderate, high or very high; and right now tree pollen is highest.

While Monday’s pollen report showed grass and weed levels as low, tree pollen levels were high at 1,300 grains counted. A high count for trees is 271 to 3,000 grains.

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