Zach’s Weather Whys: Allergy season

Zach's Weather Whys

PEORIA, Ill. — Just what makes springtime allergies so severe? 

If you’re always sniffling and sneezing after the flowers bloom, you can blame the weather for your troubles.

Weather has an effect on how much pollen is produced and those levels can change from day to day. You have to consider wind, rain and temperatures for what actually happens. 

Rain can work to both relieve allergy sufferers and make it worse. A light rain shower on a nice spring day will help to weigh the pollen down, keeping it on the ground. However, a heavy shower or thunderstorm will initially do the opposite, and break the pollen particles open, sending them flying into the air. The wind also helps to aggravate our symptoms. 

A dry and windy day will stir up all the pesky pollen causing your allergies to flare up even more. Here in central Illinois, farmers also play a role by hitting the fields in their combines and stirring up dust that the wind then blows around. Wind and rain are both very important but we can’t forget temperature. Warmer weather will bring the flowers out and help more trees pollinate, which only adds insult to injury. 

A cold snap in the spring may not seem very fun, but you will be sneezing less for the time being. On the other hand, when it starts to warm up again, beware, constant temperature swings will further agitate your symptoms by affecting your immune system and sensitivity to allergens.

Whether it affects you or not, there’s no doubt that weather is connected to your allergies.

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