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Pollen vortex replaces polar vortex

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With the polar vortex gone, Americans have a new natural phenomenon on their hands. The pollen vortex is the perfect storm for allergy sufferers.

Because the winter was so long and harsh, trees and plants remained dormant, causing a buildup of pollen. Now the trees, grass and plants are all releasing their pollen at the same time, making this a very nasty allergy season.

Experts say the allergy season is only about halfway done.

""We've got a real cocktail of pollen in the air because there are trees blooming at the same time that typically wouldn't," said Dr. John Seiler, a distinguished professor at Virginia Tech. "Normally the birches would have been done and then the oaks would have come on and hickories would have come on.  And again, they're compressed together."

Allergy sufferer Marisa Salinas said she'll be keeping her tissues handy.

"Sometimes on the weather, on the news, they show the pollen count.  On the days when the pollen count is particularly high, I know I should take some allergy medicine before I go out the house." 

Early signs indicate that the remaining weeks of the allergy season look bleak, but it is still to early to predict just how bad it will get.

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