CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Recent rainfall has brought the tree pollen levels down here in western Massachusetts, but that temporary relief won’t last for long.
When we have steady rainfall, pollen levels tend to go down.
“Light rain showers actually work to reduce tree pollen levels and the way that they do that is through a process called coagulation which essentially is actually just the raindrop absorbing the pollen particle and essentially clearing it out of the atmosphere,” said 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Kelly Reardon.
When the dry weather returns, we can expect to see pollen levels rise back up again.
“Yeah, they’re terrible this year. I get allergies all year, but this year they are worse than they’ve ever been,” Albert Martell told 22News.
Allergy levels seem to skyrocket in the springtime, but according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Springfield ranks seventh in the worst places for allergies. Unfortunately, for allergy sufferers, this quick relief we’ve been experiencing won’t last for long.
“The forecast for the next coming days when it’s going to be nice and dry actually increase the pollen levels especially when you get a little bit of wind in there and that actually knocks the pollen particle off and actually blows it into the air increasing the level,” said 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Kelly Reardon.
If you suffer from allergies, the best time to avoid going outside is in the afternoon hours, when the pollen levels are at their highest.
Also stay indoors on dry, windy days, or make sure to remove the clothes you’ve worn outside once you get inside.