Mountain Cedar Season Winding Down

Potent allergen missing from recent pollen reports

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Ahh-choo!  But maybe not for much longer ...

That’s right, we’ve got good news on the allergy front. The dreaded mountain cedar pollen, that often leads to “cedar fever” this time of year, is easing.

Mountain cedar is the potent allergen that begins showing up in south-central Texas during the winter months.

A southwest wind carries the pollen from Ashe juniper trees down in the Hill Country and Edwards Plateau into North Texas throughout December, January, and February. That’s when the sneezing begins.

It was particularly bad this year because of such a wet fall. However, since the pollen started heavier and earlier than normal this year, it looks like it’s ending early too.

Typically the season stretches into mid-February. But this year it looks like the worst is over. In fact, over the past few days the pollen has been absent entirely.

Notice the chart to the right showing the huge spike in mountain cedar earlier this month in North Texas.

Finally, those of us who’ve been suffering can breathe a sigh of relief! At least until the next wave of allergies this spring.

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