Early allergies for some thanks to warm weather

Posted at: 01/16/2014 5:41 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's beginning to look a lot like spring here in the Duke City as sunny skies and dry conditions have become the norm recently. This has caused not only the melting of snow in the mountains, but also the budding of trees meaning that allergy sufferers are busting out the tissues earlier than usual.

Some are letting Dan Gates know about it.

He measures the pollen count for the City of Albuquerque. He says that January not only marks the beginning of the new year, but also the beginning of life for certain trees, including elm, juniper, and cedar.

Even if it gets cold again, the allergens will stick around.

"If we have weather like we have here for the next couple of weeks and then we have a hard freeze, that freeze will stop the pollen of the tree itself. The thing is the pollen is already on the tree so if it warms up again, it's going to get distributed and still affect people," Gates said.

It also needs to stay warm, specifically with an average temperature of at least 40 degrees, for Gates to begin measuring pollens, which could occur as early as next week.