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Pollen dust on the hood of a car off Louise Avenue Wednesday May 9, 2018.

The tree pollen responsible for many spring allergies hit "very high" levels today for the first time this year in Central Pennsylvania.

That's according to the tracking station at Allergy & Asthma Consultants Inc. in York, which is the closest to Lancaster County.

The tracker shows a tree pollen count of 2,050. The count was 402 on April 15, and the first high reading for the year was 170 on March 26.

The high range for tree pollen is from 90 to 1,499, with anything over 1,500 classified as very high.

However, today's high is well below the 9,229 recorded last year on May 8

Debra Hunt, a certified pollen counter at Allergy & Asthma Consultants Inc., said that was among the highest in the nation that day and the highest she remembers seeing in years of tracking counts in this area.

Tree pollens usually peak by the end of May, according to Hunt, and season-high counts here generally fall between 2,000 and 4,000, with some years hitting 5,000 or 6,000.

The tracker also shows a grass pollen count of 38, which is the first reading of the year for that measurement that falls in the high range of 20-199.


Speaking of last year, you may remember this "pollen cloud" video from New Jersey. Now seems an appropriate time to rewatch it.