Nothing to sneeze at: Allergy season in the Twin Cities is getting longer

Data: Climate Central; Chart: Alice Feng/Axios

The itchy eyes, sneezes and scratchy throats many Minnesotans are experiencing this spring are causing extended misery due to a longer β€” and stronger β€” local allergy season.

Driving the discomfort: Allergy season in Minneapolis increased by an average of 34 days between 1970 and 2021, per an analysis from Climate Central, a nonprofit climate news organization.

Nick Halter
May 1, 2023 - Climate

April was not a pleasant month for weather in the Twin Cities

Illustration of a thermometer in the shape of Minnesota registering 30 degrees.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

This year's frustrating April weather had us switching from heat to air conditioning and then back to heat again β€” and that was just over the course of one week.

Driving the news: For the second year in a row, April in the Twin Cities was a letdown.

Take a deep breath: Twin Cities is home to "healthy" air quality

Data: EPA. Note: A concentration below 12 micrograms per cubic meter is considered healthy. Chart: Axios Visuals

Air quality in the Twin Cities remains better than the national average, but progress in improving local pollution levels has largely stalled in recent years.

Why it matters: Fine particles, generated from fossil fuel-burning and other sources, can enter our bodies when we breathe, making their way to the lungs or bloodstream and causing myriad health problems.

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