Allergies getting a head start following warmer than usual winter
As a result, we’ve noticed a lot of things blooming sooner than usual in our area. Pollen levels are higher than you’d expect in early March, with maple, juniper and ash being the main culprits. A map from the National Phenology Network shows just how early spring leaves are blooming across our area. For instance, Roanoke has seen 102 nights in which the temperature has stayed above freezing since the beginning of October. Regardless, it may be time (already) to start packing the allergy medicine with you before you head out the door each day.
Why allergy season is getting longer, more intense
Pollen is expected to pile up early this year. Higher temperatures, more rain and El Niño winds may contribute to a perfect storm for allergies. Experts believe climate change is making the season about three weeks longer and more intense. Dr. Neeta Ogden, allergist and spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss who could expect the worst allergies and how to prepare.cbsnews.com