On Monday, March 4, with the first day spring still two weeks away, almond trees southeast of town are filled with blossoms, as are flowering plum and pear trees that line many city streets.
The bloom has put a large amount of pollen into the air, which can aggravate allergic reactions in people sensitive to the pollen.
According to WeatherChannel.com, Tracy has a particularly high pollen count for juniper, ash and cedar trees. The count for grasses and weeds, however, is relatively low.
Don Scholl, superintendent of the Parks, Sports Fields and Tree division of Tracy Public Works, said city trees are blooming a little earlier than usual this year.
“It has been drier than normal, and the warmer temperatures in the evening have pushed the blooms a bit earlier,” Scholl said. “It does make for beautiful trees.”
Temperatures on Monday reached the high 60s.
Accuweather.com predicts a high of 60 and a low of 35 to accompany rain Wednesday, March 6, before giving way to warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine during the weekend.
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