GardenSMART Newsletter Signup
 
Visit our Sponsors!
Visit our Sponsors and win.
Huge Portion Of Country To Face Brutal Allergy Season This Spring

Huge Portion Of Country To Face Brutal Allergy Season This Spring

By AccuWeather
Images courtesy of AccuWeather

The arrival of spring is just a few weeks away, and many are looking forward to getting outdoors and enjoying the growing warmth. But for millions of Americans, the season of rebirth also brings a return of sneezing, sniffles, coughing, and itchy eyes due to seasonal allergies. We've got you covered with AccuWeather’s annual spring allergy forecast. Meteorologists say Americans who live in one particular area of the country may want to stock up on tissues.

GardenSMART Article Image

Allergy sufferers in the eastern United States should brace for a long and severe season this spring as predicted above-normal rainfall and near-average temperatures mean much of the region will be ripe for tree, weed and grass pollen production, according to AccuWeather meteorologists.

Above-average pollen levels are in store for a huge portion of the country, an area that has a population of 193 million people and stretches all the way from Texas to Michigan on east. More than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Even if individuals don’t suffer, there are ripple effects from family members, including millions of children, who struggle with symptoms. 

GardenSMART Article Image

“Grass pollen sufferers will face a long and severe season into summer,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert says.

Click Here For The Free AccuWeather App

The ideal growing conditions mean the season is likely to get underway even earlier than usual. The same is true for tree pollen from the mid-Atlantic down to the Gulf and the southern Plains.

“With above-normal rainfall and near-average temperatures for much of spring, we will have plenty of tree growth in the Southeast and even pushing into the southern Plains and mid-Atlantic,” Reppert says.

GardenSMART Article Image

“This will bring a severe tree pollen season to much of the East and the Gulf coastline,” he says.

The forecast in these areas will also spell trouble for those affected by weed pollen, as well-above-average levels could persist straight into the fall.

The rest of the country will not be hit quite as hard, but allergy sufferers in a few locations may still want to keep tissues handy.

Related:

Spring Is Coming Earlier In U.S. This Year Than It Has Since 1896

Experts Say Key West Radar Detected A Sure Sign That Spring Is Around The Corner

9 Tips For Coping With Spring Allergies

Above-average tree pollen levels will target the eastern Rockies and cities along the West Coast, but the Northwest and Southwest will catch a break.

Weed pollen sufferers in the northern Plains and northern Rockies will also get off easy this spring.

GardenSMART Article Image

“We will continue to see the lack of rainfall and some warm air take a toll on plant growth and lead to below-average and even well-below-average weed pollen from the northern Plains into the northern Rockies,” Reppert says.

One of the best ways to manage spring allergy symptoms is to see a board-certified allergist, who can help to create a tailored treatment plan, which may involve starting medicines before the season begins and immunotherapy. Allergists also recommend limiting or avoiding going outdoors at peak times of day for pollen, typically from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., and at dusk. Warm and windy days can often exacerbate conditions for allergy sufferers.

For more on what to expect in your part of the country this season, check out our spring forecast.


All articles are copyrighted and remain the property of the author.

Article URL:
https://www.GardenSMART.com/?p=articles&title=Huge_Portion_Of_Country_To_Face_Brutal_Allergy_Season_This_Spring


Back to Articles List                               


   
 
FEATURED ARTICLE
GardenSMART Featured Article

By Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Wholesale Tree Growers
Photographs courtesy of J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

The joy of flowering trees needn’t end with April showers and May flowers. By choosing trees that reserve their flowers for the long days of summer you can enjoy tree blooms in summer. To learn more click here for an interesting and informative article written by our friend Nancy.


  Click here to sign up for our monthly NEWSLETTER packed with great articles and helpful tips for your home, garden and pets!  
   
   
   
 
   
Copyright © 1998-2012 GSPC. All Rights Reserved.