It’s here! The highly dreaded cedar season is finally upon us. While traces of cedar did start to appear in our daily pollen counts earlier this week, the pesky pollen officially made its return Wednesday morning, remaining in the “low” category…for now.
Cedar’s arrival this week is actually not all that early. Allergists confirm that cedar season usually starts the week of Christmas. However, this one is expected to be bad. The reason? The trees that generate pollen love warmth and wet weather, conditions that Central Texas has been well exposed to leading up to winter. But it’s also the wet weather that can make cedar pollen stronger and cause an even greater impact on the body, even if the pollen count is low or doesn’t vary much day to day. Meaning that folks who have never been allergic to cedar before, could very well feel it this season.
You can read more about the potential strength of our new cedar season in our story, Winter Predictor.
Last year did bring us the second-highest cedar numbers on record, at 22,000 in late December. 32,000 is the highest total ever recorded in Central Texas, in the mid-1990s.