Feeling ‘Cedar Fever?' It's Just Getting Started!

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It's that time of year again: Watery eyes, runny nose, and lots and lots of sneezing. Allergy sufferers know "Cedar Fever" well. The culprit? Cedar pollen.

Specifically, we're talking about Mountain Cedar, which is also known as Juniper. Mountain cedar season runs from late December to February, so, unfortunately, it's just getting started. As the pollen becomes airborne down in the Texas Hill Country, it blows up this way whenever we get a south or southwest wind.

“I thought a fire had somehow started at first and realized the pollen was coming off the trees today,” NBC 5 viewer Nathan McBride said.

As you can see in the video above, the pollen cloud can get quite thick, blanketing everything in its path with a coating of yellow dust.

A map published by shows where these Juniper trees are most prevalent. Clearly, the highest concentration is to the southwest of DFW.

If you deal with "Cedar Fever," here are a few things that will help alleviate your suffering:

  • A strong north wind (to push the pollen back south)
  • Rain (to help settle the airborne pollen)
  • Staying indoors and changing your air filters.
Cedar pollen blankets the area around Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. (Published Jan. 6, 2020)
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