Driving through Albany the other day it looked like it was raining cotton. Huge chunks of white fluffy material were floating through the air everywhere. Apparently, the pollen chunks are from the cottonwood tree which grows primarily in the northern United States. Allergists swear that this pollen is not the cause of most folk's spring allergies...but we're sure that those hippie doctors probably live someplace where the side of the road doesn't look like this.
Breathing is apparently optional up here.