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WeatherFacts: How weather influences cedar count

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We're in the middle of cedar season and for most of us it feels like it. Today we'll show you how the weather influences the cedar count.

The cedar trees turn brown as they begin to pollinate for most of the winter. The worst of cedar fever occurs during the first three weeks of January.

The setup for a bad cedar season is when you get a rainy fall followed by a dry winter. This is what is happening now.

On really bad days it seems like the cedar trees are on fire because they are sending out so much pollen.

We see a spike in cedar on sunny, dry, mild & breezy days.

We saw a perfect example of this recently. With the rain last week it washed out the cedar from the air but made a quick comeback when the sunshine returned and the winds kicked up.

Central Texas is in the worst spot in the world for cedar. There is a high concentration of cedar trees north and west of Austin. This time of year we get a bunch of cold fronts moving in from the northwest pushing the cedar into our neighborhoods. If the fronts produce more wind than rain it makes it even worse.

The best way to get rid of the pollen is to slide into a rainy weather pattern. Looking at the outlook it doesn't look like this will happen. So the bottom line, the high levels of cedar will continue longer than normal this year.

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