Ah, spring, when a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. Well, at least until his fair maiden erupts with a pollen-induced, seismic event-level sneeze, and a towel is not to be found.
Yes, Wasatch Front allergies would be enough to cool the ardor of even poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, and the Intermountain Allergy & Asthma website warned that the region's allergen levels are elevated going into the midweek.
The primary culprit would be cottonwood trees, specifically Populus angustifolia, or the Narrowleaf Cottonwood and its beautiful but misery-laden, windborne seed puffs. As of Tuesday, levels of cottonwood pollen were "high."