While the snow melts, allergies will be on the rise: Dave Longley

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As we see a greater frequency of warm south winds, there is a good chance that pollen-filled air could get your sneezing kicked into high gear.

It’s kind of strange to be thinking about seasonal allergies when we’re dealing with the snow, ice and cold outside of our windows. But signs of Spring are already showing up to our south.

I came across this cool map that shows the progress of “leaf out” to our south. Think of this as the reverse of the fall foliage maps that you see in the fall.

Where you see the shades of darker red, the leaves are coming out about 20 days ahead of normal. That red line is approaching Nashville, Tennessee and much of the Carolinas.

That’s still a long ways away, but experience tells me that when we have strong south winds originating from the Deep South from these pollen sources, some of those pollen grains make it all the way up here.

What to do?

Well, if I suffered from springtime allergies, I’d start my therapy now to be prepared for the arrival of the pollen.

Here is a link to the map above.

Here is the pollen forecast on localsyr.com

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