March in April or Vice Versa
Tuesday’s counts jumped back into the high range (above 100 grains per cubic meter) as morning showers had little staying power and hence did less than expected to cleanse the air of last night’s pollination.
Colder winds blowing into town should knock levels down tonight and Wednesday though levels will be still borderline moderate-high.
There are signs of a huge spike in pollen next week when levels may easily exceed 1000. Stay tuned!
March and April
Sometimes we brand weather patterns and times of the year as though they and they alone are couples. Take winter! It is supposed to snow in January and February, so when the coldest and snowiest weather comes in March, we tend to over state the anomaly. Don’t get me wrong, I can be King of the Hill in the “hype”. It’s just human nature.
Another example of the “dis”-connect or should I say “mis”-connect of the weather and a particular month is the March-April duo.
We all know March is “the month for flying kites” since March is known as the windiest month of the year. And after all, wasn’t it Benjamin Franklin who flew a kite with a key on the tail in March?
Well, no, history tells us Franklin performed his experiment during a June thunderstorm in Philly back in 1752. Still if Meredith Viera polled her audience on Millionaire, bet more than 70% would say Ben tried his luck in March.
We just naturally associate March with wind and April with showers. Which brings me to tonight’s punch line. Just because the calendar has turned the page from March to April, don’t expect the winds to suddenly die away. In the same manner, we shouldn’t be surprised at the wet March as though rains are supposed to fall just in April.
We are in a very active weather pattern. Just ask Mark George of Pepsi who nearly accosted me today on my morning jog. “What’s up with all this rain. You are killing business Tony?” To which I replied “How’s that Mark”? “People are not getting outside with the rain and muddy grounds”, Mark added. For the record Mark and I are friends.
Point well taken, but where was Mark last year when drought conditions set in for the late spring, summer and early fall. Bet the sale of Pepsi skyrocketed then.
Bottom line, weather runs in cycles and while those cycles often follow a predictable pattern, deviations in the cycles are common and to be expected at times.
So look above normal showers and winds not only here in April but well into May. It’s the “cycle’ we are in!