Bitter cold winter leads to pollen vortex

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Spring may be here, but the effects of a harsh winter are far from over.

Researchers expect the nation to experience an eruption of pollen in the coming weeks, and for allergy sufferers, that means the worst is yet to come. It’s being called the pollen vortex.

Bitter cold temperatures kept trees cold and wet, leaving them unable to release pollen on time. So the pollen continued to build. And when the temperatures finally warm up around the country, we can expect to see all of that pollen explode. Dr. John Seiler, a Virginia Tech Alumni Distinguished Professor, says, “We’ve got a real cocktail of pollen in the air because there are trees blooming at the same time, that typically wouldn’t.”

If there is a high pollen count, be sure to plan ahead by keeping windows closed and taking allergy relief medicines.

Copyright 2014 WIAT-CBS42

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