Why the rain doesn't 'wash away' the pollen count

11Alive StormTracker Chesley McNeil explains why the rain didn't knock down the extremely high pollen count.

ATLANTA -- The pollen count is high, extremely high and the rain isn't helping one bit.

That's because we're still in peak season. During peak pollen season, the rain has little to no effect on the pollen count. 

11Alive StormTracker Chesley McNeil said the pollen you can see isn't the pollen that really affects allergy sufferers.

"Really what it does is wash the pine pollen away. The pine pollen is what we can see, that yellow gookey stuff," he said.

He said it's the pollen you can't see that has the biggest affect.

Thursday, the pollen count was 2754 in Atlanta, this is considered extremely high. Thursday night it rained throughout the metro area but on Friday, the pollen count was higher--3720.

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