Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Wait Just A Minute!


Spring is less than a week away and thanks to our mild month and four days in a row over 75, nature’s gone all out of whack! All over the city, I’ve seen Bradford Pear trees and Japanese Magnolias blooming. I got curious enough about our unusual warm month that I decided to do some research. Not me actually, my Georgia Tech intern, Daniel to be exact. I asked him to look up the past few years to see when we’ve hit 78 or higher. I was a little surprised by what he found.

It turns out that for a long time, we didn’t get see days that warm until early April. In fact, the last year we hit 78 in April was 2001. Since then, we’ve reached the upper 70s in early March. I know what you’re thinking – global warming. Well, there could be something to that. We have a lot of up and down weather here in Georgia and this month has been a little warmer than normal, especially compared to the relatively cold February we just endured. I’m not quite ready to jump into the deep end of the pool when it comes to who is responsible for an increase in world-wide temperatures. But something is happening.

These warmer days are also wrecking havoc on allergy sufferers. The early bloom is causing a pollen boom (you have no idea how long it took me to come up with that). We’ve hit our third Extremely High pollen count of 735 today (Wednesday) and we started off the month with 933! With rain becoming a bi-monthly occurrence lately, we’ll get little relief as we hit the peak of the pollen season in early April. We’ll probably set some new records as well.

Remember, you can count on CBS 46 to show you the daily pollen count from now until late April. We’re the only Atlanta station that not only shows the current count, but also a forecast for the next three days. Look for it during our noon, 4 and 6 pm newscasts. You can also check the count on our web site, cbs46.com – just click on weather.

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