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.
We'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.
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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Great Scott, its Christmas tree pollen!
The Melbourne Pollen Count wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe 2014.