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Summer's arrival brings out pollen in full force

Summer's arrival brings out pollen in...

SPOKANE, Wash. - The pollen is covering everything that sits outdoors for any length of time, the good news is the Ponderosa Pines should be done pollinating within the next week. 

“We've been here for 12 years, and this is probably one of the worst,” said Dr. David McClellan, MD. “Mostly we get this in the end of the year in the fall when the pines go, but I have no idea which pollen this is right now.”

Horticulturalist Phyllis Stephens explains, there's plenty of blame to go around, not just the Ponderosa Pines.

“Just look at the pine behind me,” he said. “We can see lots of little brown cones, those are all male cones.

They're empty now from flying pollen but they're pollinating all the little female pollen, and all the female cones.”

And while the amount of pollen around the area seems biblical in scale, Stephens assures us it's normal.

“This seems to be kind of a cyclical thing too, where some years we don't see too much of it. I think those are our really dry years. And some years when we've had a lot of moisture and a really nice fall and winter, we seem to see more of it.”

The good news is, the end seems to be drawing near for this current pollen pollution.