A cold January has resulted in an abnormally heavy pollen count in the Tampa Bay area according to a professor from the University of South Florida.
“All the trees held off to pollinate until the weather got warm,” Dr. Richard Lockey told Bay News 9. “Then suddenly they all pollinated at one time.”
Things are so bad the pollen is affecting people who don't normally suffer form allergies.
Lockey says symptoms could be similar to having a bad cold.
While things may be bad now, he says the pollen should be gone by the end of the month.