This story was originally published by San Antonio Express News and can be found here.
Recent rains, especially following a long, hot summer, have benefited the Edwards Aquifer and lawns alike. But in addition to a bountiful blessing of mosquitoes (tamped down by last month’s cold snap), the rains also left the ash juniper trees in the Hill Country locked and loaded with pollen sure to make cedar fever sufferers miserable for the next several months.
“We’re bracing for it,” said Dr. Erika Gonzalez, medical director of the South Texas Allergy and Asthma Medical Professionals, which treats plenty of allergy sufferers. “Cedar season usually runs from mid-December to mid-February, but this year the first cedar pollen was detected on Dec. 1, two weeks ahead of schedule. And we expect it to last longer than usual, too.”