Friday, January 17, 2014

Don't Be Jealous

So what do you suppose the haze is in the photo below?
Air Pollution?
Clouds of cedar pollen were seen throughout weekend of January 10 to 12 in Austin.
photo credit: Judy Piekert of Austin, TX

None of the above.
photo credit: KXAN television
The cursed beast--Mountain Juniper heavy with pollen
It's Cedar pollen.
Technically, it's Juniper pollen.
Someone started calling it Cedar forever ago and the name stuck.
Mostly, no one cares.  
The plant, no matter what you call it, is a problem.
In the summer, it sucks all the water from surrounding native plants.
It grows and spreads voraciously.
In the winter, if the weather gods align, the pollen turns all breathing beings into 
sniffly, sneezy, drippy, watery-eyed, itchy messes.
There's not enough Zyrtec or Flonase on the planet to fight the tiny beasties that are pollen grains

A few days ago, we had a pollen count of 21,400 grains per cubic meter.
What that means is this.
21,400 pollen grains were found to be inhabiting the space of the nice box the boys in the photo below have built.

photo credit:

That's off the charts.
Anything over 1,000 grains per cubic meter is considered high.
Let's just say that 21,000 is WAY more than that.

So, if you live up north and are feeling a bit jealous of our sunny, dry days in the 60's--
We're all miserable.
We're all stuck inside so as to save our lungs, eyes, and sinuses.
If we have to be outside, we're miserable.
Yes, I'm speaking for all of the Central Texas population.
I can do that.
Who's going to stop me?
Everyone is holed up in their houses with their humidifiers, neti pots, decongestants, nasal sprays, antihistamines, eye drops and jumbo boxes of extra strength lotiony tissues.

In case you're feeling smug and think, "How bad could it be?"

We've got H1NI flu virus in record numbers too.

Remember our state motto:
Everything is bigger in Texas.

We take it very seriously.


  1. ACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!! I would be in the hospital! I would be dead...goodness. I'm stunned. SHISH!


  2. I've never seen that much pollen. WOW! To me having to stay inside when the weather is sunny and things are growing is worse than looking out the windows at deep snow and icy wind. At least that's the way I felt when I visited AZ and the temps were in triple digits. When the weather is cold, at least I can put on a coat and stay warm. There's only so much clothing can come off in hot weather.

  3. Wow, that is incredible that there is that much pollen in the air. It may be frigid here in WI but at least I can breathe. Take care.