Spring In Full Swing - Allergies Arriving Early This Year March 06 2017
Despite some cold days, and windy, chilly nights this winter - and even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow to indicate 6 more weeks of winter just a few short weeks ago, Spring is arriving around 22 days early according to the National Phenology Network.
Shifts in seasons such as this can ultimately effect our health, bringing on early onset allergy suffering in the from of a longer and stronger pollen season. Another warning would be possible early attack of diseases carried by insects such as fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. With both of these threats getting an extra three weeks to build momentum and strength, it would be smart for those sensitive to really be prepared.
A high concentration of tree pollen has already been reported in several cities in the Southeast, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's National Allergy Bureau.
So what if we have one last freeze? It's not abnormal - in 1989 we had a freeze right around this time (March 4-8 or so) and the entire city of Dallas was under ice. But officials say - even a late freeze like this would perhaps 'help'' a little but likely wouldn't slow the spread of pollen fully.
So the end of winter was quite mild, especially for us here in the Dallas, Texas area - but we are not alone: what is known is that more than 270 cities and towns across the nation had their warmest February on record, according to the Weather Channel.
We can help. Contact us for allergy testing - so that we can help you identify your triggers, and develop a plan to attack the runny nose, itchy eyes and asthma flares around Spring allergy season.