Apr 4, 2012 11:26 PM by Russ Thomas (KPAX News)
MISSOULA- It's officially Spring, but the sounds of coughing and sneezing that we keep hearing more of lately are sure signs that allergy season already arrived.
The pollen actually begins in late February and really picks up around the beginning of spring. But last year, allergy season started a few weeks later because of the long winter, but things are back on track.
Certified pollen expert Emily Weiler says there is an upside to the earlier start pointing out that since all of the trees are blooming at once, most of the symptoms should come and go within a week, which is much shorter than last year's prolonged allergy season.
"We start reporting in March and we start seeing Juniper and a lot of Maple, and Poplar, and Cottonwood, and Aspen. Those are kicking off just when they're supposed to, and next is Birch, so we'll do trees through April before we switch to a new type."
Our Storm Tracker Weather Team reports Weiler's pollen updates every week throughout the season.