Seasonal Allergies Might Be Bad For Western New York This Year
Seasonal allergies are the worst. I've had chronic season allergies for my entire life and sometimes it's unbearable, especially April-June. Cottonwood gets me every spring and tree pollen is a nuisance for many. However, the tree pollen season usually doesn't start until April and that should be different in 2021.
According to WGRZ, the tree pollen season (which helps trigger seasonal allergies) has started early this season because of the mild and dry air in early-to-mid March here in Western New York.
If you're sensitive to tree pollen, especially Maple, Elm, or Juniper pollen, then you could start to see the impact over the next several days.
Typically, the allergy season begins when the temperatures stick above freezing for a while, and it's been above average for much of March, with this week bringing 60+ degree temps over the next three or four days.
To add to that, The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology says that a predicted mild spring and the rainy forecast could also lead to the allergy season lasting into the fall, with rapid plant growth this spring.
Western New York is predicted to have a wet and mild spring, April through June, so it's looking like the allergy season will not be friendly for those who have problems dealing with the pollen.
It's a tricky situation for me. I love mild temperatures and I will welcome spring and summer with open arms...but my seasonal allergies take a pounding every spring, so I'm hoping it's not as bad as they're predicting because my allergies are pretty terrible.