Maryland Experiencing Highest Pollen Count Ever

What do you think of when you think of spring? Flowers, sunshine, birds chirping? What about allergies? Well, the spring season is here and so is allergy season!

Here is the allergy report for today April 21, 2016:

Trees — 5475 grs/cubic meters in the very high range for oak, maple, elm, poplar, beech, birch, hickory, sycamore, willow, ash.
Grass — 135 grs/cubic meters in the very high range.
Weeds — 60 grs/cubic meters in the high range english plantain, sorrel.
Total Pollen — 5670 grs/cubic high in the very high range.
Molds — 196 grs/cubic meters in the moderate range.

This is by far the highest ever pollen count. The question is why is the pollen so high this season?

One reason is the blizzard that occurred this past January. Heavy precipitation during the fall and winter puts stress on plants, so instead of making more leaves they make more flowers which leads to more pollen. Therefore, the production of pollen is enhanced, especially grass pollen.