Pollen on the attack in Georgia

Atlantan Selena Gilreath wears a mask while working on Northside Drive. The mask will match her vest by afternoon. (John Spink/AJC)

Atlantan Selena Gilreath wears a mask while working on Northside Drive. The mask will match her vest by afternoon. (John Spink/AJC)

“If I’d wanted a yellow truck, you’d have bought one,” I said to the wife while I hosed pollen off her red GMC Jimmy.

We were headed to Athens Wednesday to pick up our fourth boat (it is a sickness) and I wanted to give the rarely used vehicle some love and maybe save an ounce of gas.

“It will be yellow again by the time we get back. You’re wasting water.”

She was right. Somewhere along Ga. 10 a smoke-like haze enveloped us. “Is my eyesight failing or is something on fire?” I asked.

A mile or two down the road we figured it out. It was pollen, aka nature’s middle finger. Trees alongside the road were emanating opaque cocoons of airborne plant sperm and there wasn’t anything we could do about it except keep the windows rolled up. And be happy we weren’t sneezing.

The pollen this morning is about as bad as it gets.

The AJC’s Mike Morris reports Thursday’s pollen count soared to 8,024 particles per cubic meter of air — the third highest ever,  eclipsed only by the 8,163 recorded on March 19, 2012 and the record count of 9,367 on March 20, 2012.

Rain Thursday afternoon should clear the air, but we all know it will come roaring back.

I hope you (and your car and house and pets) look good in yellow.

16 comments Add your comment


April 11th, 2013
8:29 am

im dieing here.. get me out of this place

George Washington

April 11th, 2013
8:39 am

April is “PornFest” for trees and plants in Georgia. Oh the indecency of it!!!!


April 11th, 2013
8:43 am

The little guys finally have their moments in April.

Those historical strong men would have their heads down before the little pollens in Atlanta.

George Washingtong

April 11th, 2013
8:44 am

Mother Nature says: “Wine me, Pine me, 69 me!”

Hal 9000

April 11th, 2013
8:49 am

Pollen does not affect me, George. I am here to help you.


April 11th, 2013
8:50 am

the only sex that sucks!!


April 11th, 2013
8:55 am

You own four boats? Apparently being a blogger for a newspaper is much higher paying than I ever imagined.


April 11th, 2013
9:06 am

How can a flower be so beautiful & vicious at the same time!!


April 11th, 2013
9:19 am


actually there is a life lesson to be learned here: don’t ever over-react. That’s what our body does to the little guys.

Jay Wagner

April 11th, 2013
9:51 am

Why does the AJC fail to print the projected pollen count for the day in it’s weather section? Yesterday it predicted for today a “good” air quality forecast but the pollen count today is the third highest in history at over 8,000. The COPD and Asthma sufferers deserve better than this.


April 11th, 2013
9:51 am

I grew up around this pollen so it doesn’t affect me that much. I feel sorry for those that it does.

I’ve heard eating local honey really helps. Not the stuff from the supermarket but the kind you can get from the markets on the side of the roads.


April 11th, 2013
11:20 am

Can someone please interpret the insane rambling of the previous Jesus poster? And, you own four boats? Why? And Kev, I’ve lived here all my life, but the past several years, the pollen has gotten to me. It’s getting worse every year, and you will eventually be affected by it as well, unless you are some kind of mutant…or just very lucky.


April 11th, 2013
11:47 am

I’m an Atlanta native and can appreciate the pollen but if you think it is nature’s middle finger you have obviously never experienced love bug season in central Florida.


April 11th, 2013
12:22 pm

I can’t stop yawning. I think the pollen is making my lungs oxygen deprived.


April 11th, 2013
3:08 pm

Magic cure for pollen sufferers. Go to Wal Mart or GNC and get BEE POLLEN. take 3 in the AM and 3 in the PM. with in 3-5 days pollen issues will be gone or greatly reduced.


April 12th, 2013
11:18 am

O God, ease our suffering in this, our moment of great dispair….And Moab, he lay us upon the band of the Canaanites, and yea, though the Hindus speak of karma, I implore you: give (us) a break.

C. Griswold