Warm weather leads early high pollen counts

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

The people who count pollen in Alaska are confirming what residents with allergies already know: the pollen count is high.

Reports say air quality monitors in Anchorage recorded a pollen count Friday of 2,862 grains per cubic meter of air.

Anything above 100 is considered "high."

The count was even higher in Fairbanks. The Tanana Valley Clinic a week ago recorded a pollen count of 3,675 grains per cubic meter.

The high counts are irritating to people with allergies and can be dangerous for people with asthma.

National Weather Service forecaster Bill Ludwig says unusually warm and dry weather led to trees putting out pollen grains early this year.