Some people suffer the worst from allergies in the spring. Others get hit in the fall. Only winter and a hard freeze bring relief.
Spring allergy sufferers are warned that this year will be the mother of all seasons for sneezes, itchy eyes and runny noses. Thank climate change for higher temperatures and rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which trees and other plant life love.
U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers say cities are particularly bad because of the high carbon dioxide counts, leading to higher amounts and more potent pollen in the air.
Juniper and elms are pollinating now and the oak and walnut trees will follow, The Kansas City Star reports. Children’s Mercy Hospital for the past 18 years has been taking pollen readings from instruments on the hospital’s roof.
Pollen counts above 1,000 were odd. But the count has been rising steadily over the years with a longer and more lush growing season. Pollen counts late last week hit about 5,000.
The rain on Tuesday helped wash a lot of the pollen out of the air, albeit briefly. Come May and June the grass pollen will hit and then ragweed season begins in mid-August.
So brace yourself. It’s going to be a long year for allergy sufferers.