The long, cold winter has been keeping pollen- and allergy symptoms- at bay. Some trees should have started pollinating weeks ago. But Dr. Leonard Bielory with Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School says to get ready for a one-two punch, as trees play catch-up… “Late release, overlapping, and therefore much more intense, to the point where you may even see clouds of pollen being released over the next several weeks where there will be an almost yellow-green mist,” Bielory told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams… This year bucks a trend that Bielory, who has been studying climate change, has seen. In recent years, his counts show pollen release starting earlier and lasting longer.
Snow has been no friend to the Northeast this winter, and as another storm is ready to pummel the Northeast this weekend, climate change experts offer an explanation of why record-breaking amounts of precipitation may become a norm for the region. “Simple physical laws will tell you that a warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture,” Dr. David Robinson, a state climatologist at Rutgers University, says. “So it’s related to warmer temperatures and more abundant moisture available in the atmosphere, but you still need an impetus. You still need a storm.” This weekend’s winter weather and the last few weeks’ rash of storms is that exact impetus.