Are we sufficiently pollinated yet?


A Comment By Joe Lee III

   One recent morning Mississippi Public Radio announced that tree pollen was at its maximum across the state.
   What a pleasant way to start the day! The last few weeks have featured a wonderland of nose sprays, eye drops, antihistamine tablets for lots of us, and the decline of such fun does not seem to be looming soon.
   Not only can you see the evil plant powder on your car and driveway, sometimes you can actually feel it when you rub your hands together.
   Note to you “bullet-proof” young folks. Don’t think this won’t catch up with you, too! For must of us old geezers each year it gets a little less pleasant — but hey — the alternative is not so attractive, either!
   According to, today’s “Allergy Level”  is 7.5 — in the “Medium-High” range. If that is correct, I am not looking forward to a 12.0 day. The top of the scale is 12.0, and day 9.7, or above, is considered “High.”
   During the last 30 days, the highest registered pollen count for around here was 10.9 (also on a scale of 12). That level occurred on April 14, according to
   On the somewhat brighter side, the asthma levels for North Mississippi are slightly lower this week — about 6.4 out of 12. Unfortunately, levels between 4.9 to 7.2 can begin to cause problems.
   The “Spring Allergy Capital” of the country is Knoxville (Tenn.), according to
Knoxville is followed by Louisville (Ky.) and Chattanooga (Tenn.).
   Closer to home, Jackson comes in at #8 and Memphis ranks 16.
   Daytona Beach (Fla.), San Diego (Cal.), and Harrisburg (Pa.) complete the low end of the list at 98, 99, and 100.
   Of course, a little rain can help — at least it is supposed to. Around here we get about 53 inches a year and fortunately May is one of the higher months, on average. May typically gets slightly less than 5.5 inches. December, one of the lowest months, usually gets a 5.5 inches or more, according to
   So far this year, Grenada is running considerably below average. Grenada’s top figure for May rainfall is 12.33 inches, recorded in 1978.
   When this is over, we can start complaining about the heat and humidity.

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