As spring begins to give way to summer, this year's weather conditions so far have been responsible for everything from an above-average allergy symptoms to blazing wildfires. But how is the current weather affecting your health?
Thanks to a wet spring in the Northeast and Midwest, many allergy sufferers are complaining of the worst season in years.
Hay fever, or seasonal rhinitis, is the most common allergic condition in the U.S., and approximately 35 million Americans are affected by it. Hay fever can also make asthma symptoms worse.
Tree pollen is abundant in early to mid-spring, while grass pollen is more prevalent into summer. The abundance of rain and snow earlier in the year has led to higher pollen concentrations through much of the country.
As Wednesday's AccuWeather.com pollen map shows, tree pollen levels range from moderate to very high over most of the contiguous United States.
Allergies vary from person to person, so even if you're not bothered by spring's tree pollen, summer's grass pollen or fall's ragweed pollen may affect you.
If you're not sure exactly what you're allergic to, you can talk to your doctor about getting an allergy test.Heat
Many people, especially on our AccuWeather.com Facebook page, are wondering what happened to their spring, as winter jumped right to summer for many areas, as heat waves have hit nearly every corner of the United States.
Most recently, heat has been building in the Midwest, East and Southeast, bringing extreme heat to these areas this week. Major cities along the Eastern Seaboard and in the Midwest are breaking records, some more than 100 years old!
The sudden jump from cold to hot may be welcome for many, but those not yet acclimated to the warmer temperatures run a higher risk of heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.
The heat doesn't just affect your days. Warm, humid nights can take a toll on your sleep schedule, especially if other factors are already affecting your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Most people get a better night's sleep if their bedroom is cool with adequate ventilation.
It is also wildfire season, and many people from Alaska to Arizona have their neighborhoods polluted with smoke.
We all know that smoke is bad for our health, but a new study provides more information about the hazards to our health. Researchers have discovered a new way to detect isocyanic acid, a chemical found in forest, cooking and cigarette smoke.
The coldest air of the winter is gripping much of the eastern United States and will feature single-digit and sub-zero temperatures in the Northeast through the Valentine's Day weekend.
The dangerous cold gripping the eastern United States will set the stage for a significant snow and ice storm to unfold from Tennessee and Georgia to Maine Presidents Day into Tuesday.
A storm will track across portions of the midwestern United States into Sunday night bringing a batch of snow and ice.
Voters heading out to the polls on Saturday, Feb. 20, can expect mild weather and dry conditions for the next step in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Heavy rain will raise the risk of flooding across more than a dozen states from the Southeast on Presidents Day to the East Coast on Tuesday.
Winter's frigid air can bring with it possible plumbing problems, including frozen pipes.
Cape May,NJ (1899)
36" of snow fell in 2nd blizzard of the month.
New England (1940)
Valentine Day blizzard southern New England: 10-18 in. of snow along with gale winds.
Roofs collapse: Since noon, Feb. 13th, roofs collapsed at Police Building in Sparta, a tennis court northwest of Grand Rapids, and a bowling alley in Grand Haven due to weight of snow. In western Michigan this is one of the heaviest snow packs in the past 3 decades. Also in the Alpena area, a roof at the Air National Guard Base at Phelps Collins Airport collapsed.