Early bloom means budding start to allergy season

Early bloom means budding start to allergy season (Photo: Ginna Roe/ KUTV)

(KUTV)- The warm trend continues as temperatures hit nearly 60 degrees Thursday in the Salt Lake Valley.

While an early spring is welcomed by some, allergy sufferers might not be so excited.

At Red Butte Garden near the University of Utah, flowers are already beginning to bloom.

“It’s not even the middle of February and we’re seeing our daffodils, snowdrops, cyclamen, mini iris, they’re all coming up and they’re coming up early,” Bryn Ramjoue, communications director at the garden, said.

The early bloom is at least a month of ahead of schedule, and with plants sprouting, so are allergies.

Ramjoue said she’s been suffering from early allergies: a running nose, sneezing and coughing.

“Those of us who suffer from allergies are going to have a long allergy season,” she said.

Aaron Kobernick, an allergist with the University of Utah, said it makes sense.

“I do think it will an abnormally early allergy season this year,” he said.

Unfortunately, the cycle is only beginning.

“The Salt Lake Valley is unique in that we have multiple elevations. For example, trees that start pollinating now while it’s warmer in the valley, those same species will pollinate much later at higher elevations,” Kobernick said.

The allergy season could last much longer this year, but Kobernick thinks it’s still too early to tell for sure. The dry winter with little snow may help shorten the season.

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