Saturday, May 15, 2010

East Coast Pollen Trail

To my disappointment, Event Horizon and crew arrived in Rhode Island ahead of spring. We unintentionally managed to travel north, nearly the entire eastern seaboard, just a head of the 2010 springtime pollen trail. The pale yellow air, reportedly one of the worst pollen seasons on record, has been greeting us in full force just after we arrive.

In the southeastern states the concentrated pollen was due to the unusually cold winter, which caused pollen delays in some trees. Then it was surprisingly warm and dry weather in the northeast that created concentrated pollen causing a lot of people, including my captain, to feel uncomfortable and leaving a sticky yellow coating on everything. The lack of rain has meant the added task--sometimes twice a day--of washing decks and despite keeping the boat closed, yellow powder keeps appearing everywhere down below.

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