A leading allergy specialist from New York claims that this year’s allergy season will be worse than normal due to a phenomena he calls a “pollen tsunami.” The result will be an allergy season that is more severe for New Yorkers than in the recent past.
NY Mag reports that Dr. Clifford Bassett is expecting a severe allergy season due to a number of contributory factors that almost guarantee a difficult season for allergy sufferers. One of the factors is something Bassett calls a “pollen tsunami.” With a longer-than-normal winter, the trees have yet to bloom. This means that the trees will likely bloom at the same time as grass pollen counts are high. This will cause a double-whammy for allergy sufferers as pollen from both trees and grass will coincide with one another.
In addition to the double-whammy of pollen types, trees have also seen an excessive amount of hydration during the winter months from snow and wintry precipitation. This means that the trees are likely to release more pollen than in dryer months as they have the hydration to produce pollen. Weather reports indicate that early May could be when New York sees a warming trend which will signal the onset of allergy season for New Yorkers.
Surprisingly, NY Mag notes another lesser-known culprit that may be triggering higher-than-normal pollen counts in the city. It was noted that global warming may play a part in the increase in pollen release as high concentrations of carbon dioxide can trigger trees to produce higher quantities of pollen.
“The pollen itself is ‘super-charged’ from increased greenhouse gases in the environment, resulting in greater allergy misery.”
Another contributory factor in the allergy season is an overabundance of male trees. With cities opting to plant male trees to avoid the dropping of seeds by female plants, which can cause the city to provide more cleanup work as the seedlings sprout, pollen counts are increased as the male plants release pollen without a female plant to trap it.
The situation could be intensified if the weather does not cooperate. One forecaster notes that a heavy rain followed by a dry spell could trigger an allergy nightmare.
“The worst scenario is to have a really heavy rain storm, and then the next day it’s dry and windy. If it’s dry and windy, the pollen that already formed can spread around easily.”
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