Record Breaking Temperatures & Pollen Count Continue in Atlanta

Record Breaking Temperatures & Pollen Count Continue in Atlanta

March 20, 2012

Atlanta is on track to break a more than 100-year-old record for consecutive days above 80 degrees in March and the city’s pollen count continues to skyrocket into uncharted territory.

The record of six days in a row was set in 1907. The record was tied on Monday and is expected to be broken on Tuesday.

The count of 9,369 particles of pollen per cubic meter of air Tuesday — the first day of spring — is 55 percent higher than the old record prior to this week of 6,013, set on April 12, 1999.

Last year, the highest pollen count measured by the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic was 3,939 on March 24.

Channel 2 meteorologist David Chandley said a massive area of high pressure at the surface and aloft is responsible for the “blocking pattern” that is keeping cold fronts to the west and north.

“There are signs the high will break down this week and allow us a chance for showers by the end of the week. In the short term, a shift in our wind from WSW to east on Wednesday and Thursday may keep our highs in the 70s, still 10 degrees above the average,” Chandley said.

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