Achoo! Those who suffer from air borne allergies may not want to learn this, but Everett was ranked number one among West Coast cities in the latest The Wyndly Allergy Report.

The worst month of the year was again April when allergen levels hit an average of 3,257 parts per million (ppm), twice as high as the national average of around 1600 ppm. April’s high level of allergens was just over 50 percent higher than last spring.

The most common sources for air-borne allergy sources includes trees, grasses and weeds. Trees initiate the allergy season during the spring, peaking in April. Grasses hit their stride in the latter part of the spring and heading into summer, while weeds reach their peak during summer.

This year has been drier than average thus far. Rain is quite helpful to ‘wash out’ air-borne allergy sources. April has been the only month with above average rainfall this year, and that fact is what makes the high level of allergens in April amazing.

For those who suffer from air-borne allergies, the Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center posts daily updates on tree, grass and weed counts. During the summer dry weather thus far, both grass and weed counts have been in the ‘moderate’ category. The rain on July 24th was quite helpful in washing the air clean of allergy sources for a short time. Since then, allergy counts have rebounded to their current levels.

With a seasonal weather outlook for the rest of the summer reflecting good odds on warmer and drier conditions into September, grass and weed allergens will likely remain elevated. For those who suffer such allergies, it is best to prepare in advance. To top it off given the ongoing warm dry conditions, any wildfires and resulting smoke will only aggravate the situation.