Welcome to spring! This is the time of year that flowering plants and trees release pollen into the air, and it’s making some people miserable. In many parts of the U.S., 2010 is shaping up to be an especially bad year for allergy sufferers. There’s a lot of sneezing, nose blowing and itchy, watery eyes out there.
Weather conditions affect how much pollen is in the air. Trees and flowers are blooming earlier this year because of the warm days we’ve had. Rain will clear the air of pollen and strong winds may take pollen higher up into the atmosphere. Pollen is likely to cause the most trouble on sunny, warm days with a light breeze.