The Spring Fling

Image of Pollen Cloud

Pollen Clouds. Photo by Al Schneider.

Clouds like the pollen cloud pictured here are starting to appear in cities and residential neighborhoods throughout the world in areas where it seems the amount of flora needed to produce it are lacking. This has baffled scientist who have been unable to explain the phenomena until aided by the dog loving public.

The phenomena known as the Spring Fling by dog lovers is caused by dog fur. As winter starts to give way to the warmer days of spring, much of the dog loving public opens the windows and doors of their homes to allow in a bit of fresh air. The resulting whoosh of air through the house expels much of the dog fur that lay hidden from the vacuum over the winter months. The result is similar to what happens to a field of dandelions that have seeded on a windy day. The clouds resulting from the Spring Fling are easily confused with pollen clouds, especially when viewed by satellites in space.

Many scientists are complaining that this phenomenon will hinder their efforts to track pollen clouds and offer accurate pollen counts. Dog owners have countered that if science could come up with a better vacuum, they wouldn’t have this problem.


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