Hay Fever Season Begins!

Sneezin’ Season Arrives

As I did my daily 3 mile walk around the lake today, several things struck me as different! First, the winter chill had finally succumbed to the tepid touch of the spring breeze. Secondly, the sunfish and bass that I will soon be casting for showed their first signs of coming into the shallows. To top it off, as if there was any doubt that spring had finally sprung, my throat became dry and raspy. Tree pollen had made it first serious invasion!

Last year at this time, highs in the 80s had coaxed trees out of their winter slumber and tree pollen levels soared. Now a year later, the air is not nearly as warm (though 60s feel nice) so the trees are just bashfully emerging with their spring outfits.

The redbuds are in full bloom with the Bradford and Cleveland Pear tree buds about to burst from their tight clusters. Even the dogwood blooms are showing signs of life.

Meanwhile, the taller oak, maple and cedar trees are beginning to work up a daily sweat as their buds prep for the growing season. That means the yellow fallout of oak pollen we see every spring can’t be far behind!

As the trees bloom, they become pollen producing factories for the next month to 6 weeks. Warm days with sun will turn the pollen assembly line into a veritable conveyor belt of allergens.

Since we are gradually warming into spring this year and not rushing in with 80 degree temperatures like last year, the pollen season should be more orderly and predictable this year. That means a mid-late April peak, with levels tailing off markedly by early May.

I will be opening every April blog with a pollen report and forecast for the next day, so if you suffer from hay fever, all you need to do is read my first few sentences every day. Remember, I post between 4 and 9 PM depending on my work schedule with my goal to get you something to read before my 6 pm show with an add on after dinner.

I will end today’s blog as I will open the others with a pollen report.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 25 POLLEN REPORT

Maple and cedar pollens are emerging as the warmer spring air invades. Levels are well above 100 grains per cubic centimeter (the standard for high). The pollen count will increase tonight as trees take advantage of the warm evening ahead to pollinate all night long. That means we will start Thursday with a higher count by a factor of 2 or 3.

Where soaking showers occur on Thursday, the air will be cleansed of the pollen. This is most likely to occur north of I-64. But where showers skip, those regions will have high pollen levels all Thursday long. This is more likely to occur south thru the Coalfields.

Bottom line; take your antihistamine if you suffer from TREE POLLENS.


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