Ah-choo! Warming trend leads to longer pollen season in Southwest, Central Virginia

Tree pollen continues to be more than a nuisance in the spring months

If you've lived in Virginia long enough, you'll know pollen is a big issue for those with allergies.

ROANOKE, Va. – If you have lived in Virginia long enough, you know that seasonal allergies are nothing to sneeze at. Whether it’s the tree pollen in the spring or weed pollen in the fall, a lot of us find ourselves sniffling, coughing, sneezing and wheezing our way through parts of the year.

Unfortunately, allergy seasons have grown longer since the inception of Earth Day in 1970.

Since that time, Roanoke has warmed more than Virginia and the U.S.

Roanoke has warmed more in the past five decades than Virginia and the U.S.

Warmer air is less dense, which allows pollen to travel more efficiently in the air. This also means that things start blooming earlier and last longer into the year.

According to Climate Central, the growing season in the Roanoke Valley has increased by a month over the last 50 years.

Longer pollen season in Roanoke since 1970

It’s more than just our health, but increased pollen can do damage to things like our cars. A 10 News story in the spring of 2018 explains why that’s the case.

Click here for that story.


About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.