Tuesday's forecast: Yellow slime
If your car has turned yellow, nature is about to shower you with a free wash.
Forecasters say Tuesday's chance of rain is near 100 percent, which should clear the air of the thick pine pollen that’s coated Durham for days.
It’s also expected to create a run of yellow slime in the streets.
But for carwash owners like Craig Keith, pollen is gold.
Keith, owner of Bull City Car Wash on Markham Avenue, said business increases nearly 30 percent during pollen season.
“It brings in new customers,” Keith, who opened the former Couch’s Car Wash almost three years ago, said. “People who don’t wash their car regularly will seek out a car wash when their car turns yellow or green.”
Jessica Fludd brought her car in Monday afternoon after it became pollenated inside and out.
“It’s causing my allergies to act up really bad,” she said. “It’s horrible. And I have a 3-year-old, and it’s bad for her as well.”
Fludd expects to return for another wash later in the week.
For Trinity Park resident James Tulsky, yellow pollen on his black car was a sad sight.
“I could barely see out of the window, so I brought it in,” he said. “It looked pretty awful.”
Durham film director and videographer Saleem Reshamwala was preparing to give a ride to clients Monday afternoon and wanted to make a good impression.
“When I stepped outside, my car was completely yellow, so I kind of had to get it done,” he said. “It was the yellow straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Meanwhile, forecasters expect one to two inches of rain in Durham today, with freezing temperatures tonight and Wednesday night.
“The rain will knock some of the pollen out of the air,” meteorologist Gail Hartfield with the National Weather Service said. “Usually, the combination of rain and pollen makes everything disgusting-looking, but it should help clean out the air and maybe reduce airborne pollutants temporarily.”
Hartfield said Durham could experience temperatures at or below freezing for up to five hours both nights, threatening plants and other vegetation.
Today’s rain is expected to end late in the day, with sun forecast for Wednesday. But temperatures will plunge, with a high Wednesday only in the 50s.