Hay Fever Season May Update

We have reached the one third point of the hay fever seaosn. Tony blogs about how trees have done their dirty work and are now settling down their pollen making machines.


Tree Pollens Wane, Grasses Return
Congratulations are in order for tree pollen sufferers. You have held on through the peak tree pollen season, so your hay fever symptoms should be on the decline.
Last week’s surge in oak, maple and cedar pollens figures to be the last of the season. Here’s why.
First, Sunday and early week rains are cleansing the air of the tree pollens left over from last week’s resurgence. Take a deep breath!
Now the trees are fully leafed/foliated and that means the pollen making assembly lines of the trees is slowing to a trickle.
Don’t get me wrong, some tree pollen will be produced all the way into the fall, but at this point, the trees will cease to make large amounts of pollen.
Of course, we take the good with the bad, and no sooner are the trees relaxing their pollen making efforts that grasses are just now kicking in.
Grass pollen season runs May into June with levels peaking by Father’s Day then ebbing in time for summer picnics.
If you suffer from grass pollens as I do, beware warm, sunny, windy late spring days especially after a wet period. Those days will tend to have the highest grass pollens.
One final note, this week’s rains have knocked down the high brush fire risk after last week's dryness. That threat was left behind the tenth driest April in more than 100 years in the Charleston area.
Now with any luck we will get enough rain to see us through the rest of May when fire season ends in Ohio and West Virginia. The season officially ended on April 30th in Kentucky.
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