Feeling sniffly today? Blame the junipers.
The pollen count in the Kansas City area from junipers, including what we often call cedars, was high today, approaching levels that oak and ragweed pollen reach later in the spring season, according to Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Juniper pollen is apparently a growth industry: When the hospital began collecting pollen data 20 years ago, juniper pollen was recorded only at low levels a few days a year. Now it’s a biggie in the spring. Levels today were about 1,000 grains per cubic meter.
For those allergic to juniper pollen, that will make noses run.
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Check out the clouds of pollen blowing off these trees today in Overland Park.