On the 8th of April, 2019, the residents in the area of Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina experienced what some dubbed as “pollmageddon.” Clouds of pollen enveloped the region and can be seen in this stunning aerial footage titled: “pollen-pocalypse.”
Many people described it as terrifying — like a science fiction movie — as an evil greenish-yellow, allergy-inducing substance blanketed everything. Sadly, this is not an isolated occurrence, It happens every year in many places around America.
With this much pollen it definitely would not be a good time to hang your clothes out to dry. The human spirit enjoys laughter in spite of the obstacles of life. There are many comics and satire suggesting making pollen-angels, building a pollen-man, going pollen-skating, writing your name in the pollen, or enjoy a pollen-ball fight. This comedy clip: How to Survive Pollen Season in the South, is a delightful example.
All this excessive waves of pollen is a man made problem and not a natural occurring phenomena. For three quarters of a century, the USDA of Agriculture has encouraged a policy to create a tidy environment without seeds, fruits or pods by planting only clonal male trees in urban landscaping.