How does weather affect pollen & your allergies?

Weather Questions with Cody Nickel

If you’ve noticed your allergies bothering you lately, you can thank these warm temperatures. Meteorologist Carmen Rose explains in this week’s weather question. 

It’s that time of year again when pollen coats your cars…but heavier pine pollen like this isn’t the main culprit for your allergies. 

Itchy eyes and runny noses usually flare up when you see all that yellow because other trees pollinate around the same time pines do. But it’s the smaller, lighter pollen from elm, cedar, oak, birch and walnut trees that actually bothers far more people since it can travel easier. 

Weather plays a significant role in how bad pollen will affect those allergic to it.

Warmer temperatures trigger the blooming of trees and plants in February through April. 

And windy weather helps pollen particles travel farther. 

Whereas cooler temperatures help delay the onset of pollen…and rainy weather deters pollen from spreading as easily because the particles get stuck in the rain droplets.

Considering we have temperatures in the 80s through the rest of the week and only two days forecast for rain, pollen counts will remain high and your allergies a nuisance through the weekend.

More information on allergies or pollen in the Columbus area can be found at The Allergy Center at Brookstone

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