Yes, it’s still winter; and, no, those aren’t snowflakes falling from the skies – it’s pollen.
That fine, powdery plant substance being carried by the wind and into itchy eyes and runny noses means just one thing -- allergy season is here -- and it’s been arriving earlier and earlier, according to Dr. Clifford Bassett, founder and medical director at Allergy and Asthma Care of New York.
Bassett told Weather.com that allergy sufferers have had to hit the Kleenex at least two weeks earlier than normal over the past 10 years.
Bassett told Weather.com that climate change and a warmer winter plays a big role.
According to a report by Mother Nature Network (MNN), trees are usually the first to blame for releasing that pesky pollen.
Allergy specialists cited by MNN, said the season is already well underway and counts are high in the Midwest and Southeast.
However, one of those, Dr. Charles Barnes, told MNN that the Northeast’s pollen count is relatively normal.
Barnes, a fellow with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, told MNN that the pollen count station in Springfield, N.J. just started collecting data earlier this month and that levels are currently low.
Once trees have their way with us, grasses start giving it a go, allergy experts say.
That can start in May and last through June, they say.
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