No sooner have we got all the bad weather that was so upsetting the global warmists and drought believers then we have to put up with a bit of a heatwave. You’d think people would be happy with a bit of sunshine, but happiness of others is not on the agenda if you’re a hay fever sufferer.
The unprecedented wet weather followed by the current heatwave has sparked a growth boom in the countryside, causing pollen counts to soar.
More than a foot of rain since spring has meant grasses and weeds have flourished, allowing them to accumulate large stores of pollen.
Now these have then been released by the current sunshine and almost 90F (31C) temperatures.
Light winds and relatively high humidity have only exacerbated the misery for allergy sufferers.
Experts are also predicting that the fluctuating weather means that the hay fever season will stretch for up to a month longer than normal this year.
During the dry days pollen counts have spiked at more than 200 grains for every cubic metre (35 cubic feet) of air – twice the levels seen in the previous two years.
Anything reading over 50 is considered “high”.
Yes I know how debilitating hay fever can be for some people, but this is just typical of the so called ‘British’ mentality where someone no matter what has to have a moan. No I’m not averse to moaning either, I’m a blogger with a political axe to grind so it sort of comes with the territory.
Yet what is it about the weather that just causes so much in the way of ‘newsprint’? Is it that we simply have so much of the damned stuff? The old joke of if you don’t like the weather wait five minutes still holds true at times after all. At the start of 2012 warmists were hoping for a mild spell, much of the North got blizzards, Kent was mild though, even a bit dry, which brought us to various water companies declaring drought conditions and hosepipe bans along with the government appointing Environment Secretary Caroline Spellman to host a “drought summit” of water companies which prompted the heavens to open and almost 5 months of very rainy conditions which effectively filled all the reservoirs to a seasonal norm and indeed left flooding in various places. Still good for the crops I suppose, though getting a farmer to admit that will be difficult. Yet just in time for the Olympics we have a few days of extremely hot and sunny conditions and guess what, yes it’s hay fever time.
I guess it’s what makes the UK an interesting place to live, no-one’s happy all the time.