As researchers anticipate pollen season to start earlier and last longer, allergens continue to be top of mind for many.
Even after a wash and rinse, pollen continues to pile up on our cars, seemingly with no end in sight.
However, light is at the end of the pollen-polluted tunnel.
In mid-May, Boston and surrounding areas were on the higher end of the pollen count. But in the past month, there has been a downward trend to moderate with fewer spikes upward, and more lows. That's been in part because of recent rain.
Though the rain hasn't put a big dent in the drought monitor, it has been enough to drop allergens and bring a break to asthmatics and sensitive groups.
The weather pattern will support this downward trend as rain moves in later this week and weekend.
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In the interim, it appears we'll hover in the moderate category with pine, oak and grasses among the top allergens.
On the whole, we typically anticipate tree season to come to a close in June, with grass pollen continuing into the summer.
Pollen is easily transported by wind, and this blows in a bit of hope for southern New England.
We're approaching the calmest, least windy months of the year. July and August have an average hourly wind speed of 5 mph.