If it looks like there’s a lot more pollen this year, then you’re right. Pollen levels are three times as high this year – hitting record levels. The N.C. Department of Enviroment and Natural Rescources’Air Quality Division measured samples and it showed 3,524 pollen grains per cubic meter at its Raleigh office. The normal count falls between 1,000 – 1,500. Although we are being pounded by pollen those in Winston-Salem are seeing even worse conditions with a 9,632 pollen count measured on Tuesday.