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04/11/03 - Tyler

You Asked For It: How Do We Get the Pollen Count?

It's a short trip up -- one Jimmy Rozzell has made thousands of times.

"Being part of the piney woods, we get a lot of material from the surrounding area. East and South," he says.

Using a device called a Rotorod, he's after the pollen that for so many of us is a pest.  For 24 hours, pollen sticks to the grease coated glass rod. It doesn't do the real work. Jimmy does.

"You have to recognize what the different shapes are and it took about three years to cover the 100 or so different pollens, and there are probably 150 different mold spores." he says.

"This looks like Mickey Mouse, this is pine pollen."

It's clearly everywhere in East Texas, but what truly makes us sneeze is what's just starting to appear.

"What we've got coming up is hickory and pecan." Also, thousands of tiny mold spores on his slide. We breathe in so many more.

"Most counters don't do mold spores. We're one of the few that are certified to do both pollen and mold spores."

He counts them carefully to create the report that we rely on. He's done it for years now.

"I get a lot of personal satisfaction to know not only what's in the air, but get that information out for the public."

Because you can't see it coming ... Jimmy Rozell stands watch against Spring's unwanted gift.

Reported by Morgan Palmer

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