Ragweed Season in High Gear

Hay fever season is on the upswing again as ragweed pollination kicks into high gear. Tony blogs about the wheezing and sneezing ahead.

Ragweed Season is Here

The third leg of the warm weather allergy season is hitting its stride here in
late August and early September thanks to the Giant Ragweed plant.

The technical term for ragweed is Ambrosia, which translated from the Greek means “food for the gods”. In the case of hay fever sufferers that ragweed is “food” for lots of wheezing and sneezing.

As the days grow shorter and the nights longer and cooler, ragweed spouts out an enormous amount of pollen every night that is not wet. Since we are now relatively dry, ragweed is up to its late summer mischief.

The Ragweed season runs thru September with the period from Labor Day to roughly the 15th of the month normally the worst.

Like its pollen producing cousins (grass and trees), ragweed turns its pollen making factories on while we are asleep at night. So pollen counts will be highest at dawn. That means an early morning jog will be harder on a hay fever sufferer than one in the evening. But don’t be fooled, ragweed pollen counts are high by day too, they are just higher at night and in the morning.

The good news is that ragweed is most prolific as a pollen maker after dry summers. The bad news, ragweed is so allergenic that even wet summers like this year are bad on ragweed sufferers

By the way Saturday's showers will act to cleanse the air of ragweed before new pollination begins on Sunday.

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