What will allergies look like in the United States this spring? AccuWeather has the forecast
Spring is advancing rapidly in the United States, which means warmer weather is on the horizon after a harsh winter in some areas, but for those with seasonal allergies, there may only be a few weeks left in some parts of the country. before the allergens start to kick in. And part of the country is already starting to feel the effects of the spring pollen season. New research in Germany suggests that climate change is now extending the allergy season, as rising temperatures cause plants to flower earlier and pollen from early flowering sites moves to later flowering sites, UPI recently reported. . AccuWeather meteorologists, led by chief meteorologist Alan Reppert, released their annual spring allergy forecast this week, after digging into the data and exploring areas of the country that could experience an early or extended season as well as regions that could face a higher season than usual. counts pollen. Simply put, different allergens will start to affect Americans at different times of the season, depending on the region and weather conditions. AccuWeather forecasters tell you where in the United States allergy sufferers may need to stock up on tissues – and keep windows closed at certain times of the coming season. (Photo / mladenbalinovac / Getty Images) “Spring, by definition, usually involves tree pollens … trees tend to be dominant in spring, summer tends to be dominated by grass pollens and l fall tends to be dominated mostly by weeds and some molds, “Jody Tversky, assistant professor and former clinical director in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Johns Hopkins University, told AccuWeather. March and April are usually the time when tree pollen begins to take off in the U.S. People with allergies to oak, maple, birch, elm, sycamore, and hickory in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States will start to experience their allergies this month. “By the time we reach summer, the trees are in full bloom, and you can tell when you go to your car and see those pollen grains on your windshield,” Tversky said. The pollen grains that people see building up are too large to actually cause people’s allergy symptoms, but they are a signal that the allergy-causing pollen is in the air. Tree Pollen Forecast The southeast is already starting to feel the first effects of the allergy season. Trees around the Gulf Coast in particular, Reppert said, have started releasing pollen. The tree pollen count for the northeast is expected to be around average for most of the region this year, with an above-average tree pollen forecast for the region surrounding the Great Lakes from from mid-March to April. This season could end up being a bad spring season for people with tree allergies in the Midwest as the weather warms. Residents of the Midwest, including those who live in metropolitan areas like Chicago and Detroit, could experience some of the worst tree pollen conditions this season. Residents of eastern Washington, northern Idaho and eastern Oregon can also expect tree pollen to reach high levels this year. In contrast, in the plains, tree pollen should be comparable to what is considered average for the region. Residents of the southwest with tree allergies will be the only ones who can truly rejoice – with drought forecast and warmer-than-usual temperatures on the horizon, the number of tree pollen in the region is expected stay low throughout the season. “Anything that grows will be fast enough to die,” Reppert said. “When the grass [and] the weeds will dry out and have no rain for a while, it will slow down the growth of grass and weeds and not allow them to really grow. “Grass and Weed Pollen Forecasts The central Atlantic and northeast can expect grass pollen counts to increase above average in the region from the end of May for points further south and through June and July for points further north. Several states will have one of the highest grass pollen counts in the country this year, Reppert said. northernmost from Virginia to southern Maine. The Great Lakes region, including Michigan, northern Ohio, as well as northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York State , will experience above-average grass pollen levels. Grass pollen could also cause problems in the northernmost part of the Midwest, primarily Michigan, Ohio, and parts of Wisconsin. Eastern half of the region can expect bad pollen levels Herbs above average, while the western half will experience normal levels. CLICK HERE FOR FREE ACCUWEATHER APPLICATION Above normal levels of grass pollen are expected to spread across the northern plains, but the rest of the region should align with levels generally seen in the region. Grass pollen is predicted to arrive with near-normal counts for Nevada, Utah and Colorado, but will be well below average for other parts of the southwest this year, such as New Mexico, Arizona and West Texas. People with spring allergies in the southeast could face a double whammy this year. Forecasters are not only expecting above-average grass pollen levels in the region, but also weed pollen levels that are expected to reach well above average during allergy season. “There is some overlap between grass pollen and weed pollen which is going to be quite high, especially in parts of the southeast along the Atlantic Ocean,” Reppert said. Virginia, the Carolinas, Maryland, Delaware, and Florida will feel weed pollen most intensely in June. In states further north along the east coast, weed pollen counts will increase through August. Much of the plains is expected to experience average weed pollen levels. The Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma Panhandle, and the most southwestern part of Kansas will experience below average weed pollen. The southwest will be divided in how it is affected by weed pollen this year. Nevada, Utah, Colorado, most of New Mexico, and western Texas will have below average weed pollen. However, most of Arizona and central New Mexico will be at the same level as in previous years. Southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico will experience above-average weed pollen near the U.S.-Mexico border. Another region facing a long and potentially difficult season, according to AccuWeather forecasters, will be the Northeast. Projections indicate that weed pollen levels will be consistently above average across the Northeast this year. In the West, people with allergies can skate with fewer problems. Weed pollen is expected to be in the mid-range for the Pacific Northwest, but weed pollen levels in California could be below average for the season. Another Layer of Complexity As Pandemic Persists In addition to a forecasted difficult season for parts of the country with overlapping pollen seasons, COVID-19 adds another layer of complexity, Tversky said. Seasonal allergy symptoms can get complicated, especially when their symptoms seem similar to those of the new coronavirus. “Some of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection include congestion, stuffy nose, feeling unwell – even loss of smell for some patients,” Tversky explained. Due to the similarities between seasonal allergy symptoms and coronavirus symptoms, a person with allergies in the midst of the pandemic “may be a bit of a problem” as they may not be able to tell what is suffering from them. . Despite confusion with seasonal allergies during the pandemic, Tversky, who specializes in chronic sinus disease, said last spring that he had witnessed anecdotally a sharp decline in the number of people with their symptoms of d typical seasonal allergies because they stayed indoors longer than usual. “Enough patients have said that where I thought, ‘Oh, that could be a real phenomenon,’ Tversky said. (Photo / Alkimson / Getty Images) However, a year after the start of the pandemic, Reppert said people were looking to get out more to enjoy nature, and this change of scenery could expose them to increased exposure to allergens . “It could be a double-edged sword because people want to go out, get away from it all, go more into the wilderness and go more into the woods,” Reppert said. According to experts, avoiding allergens and managing symptoms is essential. For people who want to avoid their worst allergens, Reppert said steps can be taken to minimize exposure to pollen and symptoms. “After the rain, it’s normally a good time [to avoid allergens]”Before it rains there is a lot more pollen in the air, and it can be washed away with the passing rain.” He warned, however, that some people suffer from thunderstorm-related pollen allergies, as pollen can be thrown into the air as the storm moves through an area. Morning hours are also great for avoiding pollen, before plants have had a full chance to react to sunlight and flower. Tversky also noted that a common mistake is made by people with allergies “You will never get rid of all the dust,” he explained, and “all you do with this vacuum is remove the dust. that is there. ” Keeping windows closed during allergy season is a great way to prevent pollen or other allergens from entering your home. There are also many over-the-counter allergy medications that people can take as needed. count pollen through your local AccuWeather network or go to critical networks that publish this information, ”Tversky said. “On days when the pollen count is really high, this might not be the day when you want to spend a lot of time cruising outdoors.” He suggested that people with seasonal allergies see a doctor, so they can identify the exact allergen that is the trigger. “I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t tell people who are in real pain that it’s essential that they consider seeing an allergist,” Tversky said. “It is important to see what you are actually allergic to [to] and you can then adapt your treatment to your sensitivities. »Check back regularly to AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather network on DirecTV, Frontier, Spectrum, Fubo and Verizon Fios.