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Weather Works: How pollen travels and when we'll see an end to the yellow mess

Meteorologist Taylor Stephenson explains how out-of-state pollen can make its way to Central Georgia and when we'll get pollen relief.

MACON, Ga. — You may have seen those yellow pollen clouds just lingering in the air, and it makes you dread going outside.

Pollen is one of the worst things that comes with spring. It gets everywhere from your car to outdoor furniture, and even sometimes, on your clothes.

Not only do we deal with pollen from trees, weeds, and grass in Georgia, but sometimes, even pollen from other states can also travel and pollute our air.

Some pollen has been known to travel more than 400 miles. Where the pollen goes though, depends on wind direction.

If we have northerly winds, we are more likely to get some Tennessee pollen. If we have winds from the west then we could see Alabama pollen.

Trees and other plants release pollen very early in the morning between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., according to an article published by Texas Parks and Wildlife.

During the day, as the earth and air heat up, wind speeds naturally increase as warm and cool air mix. Of course, the stronger the winds and the jet stream, the further the pollen can go.

During the nighttime, as we cool down, pollen activity wanes.

Spring is not all bad news for those allergic to pollen. With spring, we have our springtime cold fronts that bring rain to wash that pollen away.

Plus, once we get closer to summertime, humidity rises. Once we reach 80% humidity, plants can no longer release their yellow dust.

That's how your weather works.

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