Are your allergies acting up this fall? There's a good reason - ragweed pollen has been worse than usual. In an email to media partners, Susan E. Kosisky, microbiologist at the U.S. Army Centralized Allergen Extract Lab (out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center), said:
For the first week in September, when we see the highest daily counts for ragweed, the daily average is 28 grains/cubic meter. This season the daily average count was 36 gr/cubic meter. Area weed species seem to be enjoying the hot, dry weather we have been having. Breezy days help to spread the pollen around. Ragweed pollen has been known to travel some 400 miles on air currents.
Keep the Kleenex handy....
If there's any good news, it's that the ragweed season has peaked, so allergy sufferers should notice gradual improvement over the next several weeks.