Prof Ed Newbigin (University of Melbourne) discussing thunderstorm asthma on ABC News 24 - 22 November 2016
Massive episode of thunderstorm asthma Monday evening with hospitals and ambulance services swamped by overwhelming numbers of people with respiratory problems.
Stepping back a moment, I think we can all be grateful to the medical staff, doctors, nurses, ambos and so many others, who responded so magnificently to the extraordinary situation that confronted them.
So I dedicate today's pollen forecast for the coming week to them.
Forecast for tomorrow, Wednesday 23 November 2016:
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Here at the Melbourne Pollen Count we produce our daily pollen counts and forecasts every day from October 1 to December 31.
That's 92 days or roughly 14 weeks.
And so this week we've passed the half-way point of our counting season. There's only another six weeks to go.
As Craig Butt's article in the Age from last year shows, we're now at the peak of the grass pollen season with the prospect of fewer high days once December rolls around.
So hang in there. While the season's not done quite yet, in a couple of weeks you should start to notice more easy days and fewer sneezy days.
Thought I'd show you how the season is progressing using cumulative grass pollen counts from October 1. The current season is the red line in the graph, the blue line is our average season and the two dashed lines are 1993, our worst season, and last year, the mildest season we've seen.
This year is tracking close to the 25 year average and the cumulative count is still rising. By this time last year the cumulative counts had more-or-less plateaued, marking the end of the 2015 grass pollen season.
Our next forecast HIGH day is Monday, which looks like being pretty nasty with strong northerly winds.
MELBURNIANS sniffled and sneezed their way through the worst hayfever day of the year yesterday.
Pollen levels were classed as extreme yesterday, at 154 grass grains per cubic metre of air — our worst day of the year so far.
Melbourne University Professor Ed Newbigin, who runs the Melbourne pollen count and forecast website, said Monday was the second extreme day in five days.