Pollen Count Down Thursday Thanks to Rain
Soaking showers arrived on schedule on Wednesday with much of Southern Ohio and Eastern Kentucky measuring as much as one half to one inch of rain. Those showers also rumbled through WV towns like Huntington, Milton, Ripley and Williamson with gusto, only to weaken as they moved into the Kanawha Valley(where rain was later in arriving than expected). So Charleston measured less that one quarter inch of rain while Vanceburg and Portsmouth rain gauges topped near one inch. Still, new showers were favored in the Kanawha Valley overnight so I expect more rain points east than west as we sleep..
While the River Cities of Huntington-Ashland-Ironton could only muster a rain soaked Wednesday high of 67, Charleston topped out at a hazy 77 and the air-conditioned city of Bluefield took honors in the Mountains state with a tepid high of 80. That’s important since new tree pollination was on-going most of the day where rains held off on Wednesday.
The plus side of the rain equation focuses on the effect that the rain has on tree pollen levels. Like a giant scrubber, rain washes the air of pollen. Now, with cooler easterly winds setting in overnight and Thursday, hay fever sufferers you should experience a breath of fresh air on Thursday.
One final note, the effects of pollen on hay fever sufferers are cumulative. That’s a scientific way of saying that even when pollen counts are low on a particular day heading into April, pollens produced a few days before can still affect you. My suggestion then is to take your antihistamine regularly even when the weather favors low pollen counts. After all, the height of tree pollen season is in the next 2-4 weeks, so if you can get by April you will breathe better in May (unless you suffer from grass pollen hay fever).