The appearance of fluff in the ACT signals two things - grass pollen is on the rise and uni exams are just around the corner!
(Iconic image by Mick Ashley see https://mickashley.com.au/product/pollen/)
The Canberra grass pollen season is almost upon us and we normally expect increased levels of grass pollen to appear in the first week of October and peak in November. So what are we expecting this year as we sniffle and sneeze through spring?
Lessons from the Northern Hemisphere point to the need for long-term monitoring of allergy related airborne pollen in Canberra and across Australia.
What are you breathing in when a dust storm hits Canberra? Recent images of microscopic particles from a dust storm show us the make up of airborne particles recorded during the event. It's enough to make your eyes water!
The Department of Archaeology and Natural History at the Australian National University in Canberra and the Health Protection Service, ACT Health, offer a service that forecasts the level of pollen in the air. The forecast alerts those who suffer from hay fever and seasonal asthma of the likelihood of being exposed to high levels of grass pollen, enabling sufferers to take preventative measures in danger periods.