Sneeze-o-Meter: Daily allergy report March 20-24

Based on the sampling by Dr. Donald J. Dvorin at the Asthma Center, who is the official pollen counter for the National Allergy Board, allergens are significantly lower than the same time period last year.

: Very High
Grasses: Not Seen
Ragweed: Not Seen
Other Weeds: Not Seen
Outdoor Mold SporesModerate 
Predominant allergen(s): Juniper,Cedar, Maple, and Birch tree pollen

As overnight temperatures continue to warm up, pollen and mold counts have been steadily increasing. Windy, dry, seasonable temperatures may lead to more pollen. On the other hand, periods of chilly rain may temporarily suppress pollen and molds; however increased moisture may only bring more mold growth and contribute to more robust trees and plants when "spring" truly arrives.

THURSDAY: Although the cold air is still with us, the trees continue to bud, sharing their pollens with us.

WEDNESDAY: The snow is melting, leaving wet ground behind.  This is causing molds to rise to the top.  Mold readings frose from "Low" on Tuesday to "Moderate" on Wednesday.

TUESDAY: With snow still on the ground, molds stay low.  With temperatures rising during the day, so does tree pollen.

MONDAY: Happy spring! What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, pollens and molds were significantly higher. The temperatures were also higher — the average temperatures for March 13 to 19, 2016 were 20 degrees higher than 2017!