Forecasting the 2014 hay fever season

In this story in The Conversation, the Melbourne and Canberra pollen counters, Ed Newbigin and Simon Haberle, cast their eyes back to past grass pollen seasons and look forward to the coming season and what sufferers can expect.

Melbourne pollen count springs to life!

30 Sept 2014We're back!  Getting a lot of comments from people wanting to know what's been causing their hay fever over the past couple of weeks.  It's not grass pollen, as the grasses won't start flowering in a serious way for another few weeks.  So that's the reason we are currently forecasting low grass pollen into the future. Today's picture shows some of the common pollen types we saw today - from the weeds plantain and daisy and the trees birch and pine.  Cypress pollen was there as well.  As birch and plantain pollen can both cause hay fever, these plants are high on my list of likely culprits for any allergies at the moment. But discuss your symptoms with a doctor for a proper diagnosis. 

Spring is in the air

pollen Sep 14

Winter is over and spring is finally here. That means that the weather is getting warmer and the flowers will soon be in bloom.  The spring sun has woken us up too and we'll start counting again later this month.  Had a look to see what was in the air today and it was mostly tree pollen, particularly ash and alder.  But there was some pine pollen too like this one, which was yawning at the time. 

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End of the 2013 season

That's all folks.  Thanks for your interest in the Melbourne Pollen Count.  Look out for us in October 2014!

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Merry Christmas

Xmas 2014 Great Scott, its Christmas tree pollen!

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