In All My 58 Years I Have Never Seen The Likes Of This
March 20, 2017 9:27am CST
As many of you know I went on a 1 week trip to the east coast with my husband and son. That was 3 weeks ago today, my son is still traveling and is currently heading east after going all the way to the west coast, but he is heading east again and is in Utah today. But that's not what this post is all about. This is about our last stop in the Charleston South Carolina. We camped about 30 miles north of Charleston in the Francis Marion National Forest. I had talked to a few people from Charleston and was told that the weather and temperatures were a bit unusual for the end of February. It was in the 70's and 80's while we were there. When we went to Charleston and other places in the area we all went in my son's car. So my van remained parked the entire two days we were there. Someone mentioned that the pollen was horrible for this time of year and that they were experiencing allergies when usually they don't in February. I don't have allergies so I don't usually notice that sort of thing. But this time I did for the first time in my life. My van stayed parked in the parking area next to our camp our entire stay. About 24 hours after we got there I was walking towards my van and noticed a dirty front windshield. It wasn't bad when we parked how the heck did it get so dirty. When I got to the van I could see the dirt was yellowish in appearance. For goodness sakes it was pollen, and it covered not only the windshield but the entire van. My son's car parked next to my van was also covered. Never in my life have I seen this. I turned on the wipers and washers and cleaned off the window so I could see out of them, and the washer fluid ran down my windows and it was a beautiful yellow color. I have never seen so much pollen cover anything like this in my life. Apparently we don't get so much pollen in the air in Illinois that it covers things like my van was covered. I'm thinking that the south is not a good place with those with severe allergies. Man that was so shocking to me to see this I had to take some pictures.
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• United States
We are quite used to everything being covered in pollen. It takes the power washer to get it off of the back screened porch and all the things on that porch. We power wash for days to get rid of pollen. Your photo is not there, but I know exactly what you are talking about. Oh, we keep our car in th garage and it gets pollen covered in there! I refreshed and the photo is there - you think that's a lot - that's nothing - minor to what we'll haev in a month or so. This is prime allergy area and allergy docs are a dime a dozen!
• Midland, Michigan
Ha, at first I thought you were surprised to see how dirty someone else let their windshield get. You can't really tell with this picture that it's pollen all over the window, but I can imagine that it is. We get some sort of pollen off the red maples in the outlawn. I never noticed how bad it was until I happened to have my minivan parked on the street one afternoon. The pollen was even worse than it was on your vehicle. For one thing it was over the course of the afternoon and not over several days. The pollen on your vehicle looks like dirt it's so fine. The stuff on mine was little globules of pollen. I took pictures too, but I'm sure I'd have no idea which folder I put them in. If I ever get around to labeling all my photos I'll be doing good.
• Midland, Michigan
@fishtiger58 In a vague sort of type of way, but don't worry, I believe you. Why would you lie about something like that? If I didn't have a similar event last year for the very first time, I might scratch my head a bit longer, but pollen can be quite nasty and not all pollen is the same.
• Gainesville, Florida
Yes, I live this horrible pollen nightmare every year! The yellow pollen gets so thick (just like you experienced), that I have to stop at a gas station about every 2 days to use the squeegee to wash off my windshield, just so I can see to drive. It's really as bad as people say it is.
• Aurora, Missouri
Sweet picture, tiger! LOL! Now you know somewhat how my car looks most days during the Spring and early Summer here in Missouri! (I say "somewhat" because my windshield is covered sometimes up to almost a 16th of an inch in brilliant yellow pollen!) Several times last Spring the National Weather Service put out a pollen warning here where I live! The index has to be very HIGH before they put out a warning like that! You know I suffer from a lot of different allergies... I have missed work twice last week and once, so far, this week. I am not enjoying myself! I knew you had gone on a bit of a drive, but I guess I wasn't quite present when I read about where you were going. All I can remember was you were planning on being gone for a few days. I'm happy to know your trip went well, and everyone survived! LOL!
• Momence, Illinois
This was in South Carolina, my first trip there, but I had no idea the pollen was like this. Occasionally we will have a pollen warning here too but we don't actually see it. Yup we were gone a week, my son continued on and just got home a few days ago. He traveled all the way to the west coast and drove more than 10,000 miles. He had a wonderful time, now he is ready to close his university office and get a job.