28
August
2015
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03:05 PM
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Your itchy eyes are right: Ragweed season has begun

Claims this is the worst ragweed season in years have started to fly

Experts say they have no way of knowing whether 2015 will go down as a ragweed-a-thon.

Lots of folks were throwing around "pollen tsunami" this spring - especially in the Northeast, where residents endured a cold, snowy winter followed by remarkably high tree-pollen numbers.

It still makes air pollution expert Andy Roth laugh, though he's quick to mention that the trees did go crazy for awhile this year when spring weather finally broke.

"But there's no X-inches of rain equals twice the normal ragweed," said Roth, who works at the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency in Dayton.

Nothing about the weather this summer offers a clear prediction of what's to come in a ragweed season that will likely stretch into October, said Charles Barnes, an aerobiology expert from Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Ragweed tends to do well in the Midwest no matter what, said Barnes, who is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. "It can put up with a pretty dry summer and still have a pretty good crop."

Read more via The Columbus Dispatch.