While much of the deep south is already being punched in the nose by spring allergies, Minnesota might be spared some sneezing, itching and coughing this spring.
The National Weather Service-Twin Cities tells GoMN that we can thank expected cooler than normal temperatures for the rest of March and April.
"I would suspect this spring outlook would lead to less in the way of allergies/pollen since with a colder spring, our growing season would begin either close to the normal start or even later than normal," NWS meteorologist Eric Ahasic tells GoMN.
This is fantastic news considering Vox posted a story this week saying every year is the new worst year for spring allergies thanks to global warming.
"More pollen usually means more seeds, which means more ragweed in the next season. And warmer average temperatures mean that spring starts earlier and winter arrives later, giving pollen producers more time to spew their sneeze-inducing particles."
Ahasic agrees with that premise, adding that it's especially the case in northern Minnesota, where a longer growing season results "in an earlier start to allergy season."
That said, Ahasic "wouldn't stock up on Benadryl just yet, but we'll see what the rest of spring has in store."
AccuWeather predicts the peak allergy season will be in late May this year.
About 7.8 percent of adults in America suffer from hay fever every year, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAA), but Minnesota doesn't typically get hit with pollen and ragweed as hard as areas in the deep south do.
In 2016, the Asthmas and Allergy Foundation of America released a list of the 100 most difficult cities to live in with allergies and Minneapolis ranked 56th in the country.