CHART: Worst start to allergy season in years - KMSP-TV

CHART: Worst start to allergy season in years

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If you haven’t already started feeling the effects of allergy season, it won’t be long.  Because of our cool wet weather the last couple of months, our spring bloom has been held off by a couple of weeks, in most cases. 

Other years, this might be a blessing for allergy sufferers, but likely not this year. With all of the moisture seen over the last week, and the wet pattern likely to continue through the month of May, this could be the worst start to allergy season in years.  In fact, pollen levels are already high, and much of the foliage is still lying dormant. 

Check out the pollen counts the next few days…

I know what you are thinking… how is this possible??  Well, trees actually release pollen before and during their budding season, so the majority of this is tree pollen with the maples, birches, and ashes all starting to sprout.  But flowers have barely begun to bloom, and many weeds and tall grasses haven’t even started yet because the soil temperatures are too cold.  Most plants need soil temperatures at or about 50° for several straight days before germination can take hold and pollen gets released.  Check out the 4” soil temperatures over the last 24 hours…

Yea, not even close.  But when the temps do rise back into the 50’s in the next couple of weeks, the pollen count from everything will sky rocket, leading to plenty of sniffling, sneezing, and misery.  Here are some of the levels nationwide for Friday May 2nd.

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