Nothing to sneeze at: Allergy season in the Twin Cities is getting longer
The itchy eyes, sneezes and scratchy throats many Minnesotans are experiencing this spring are causing extended misery due to a longer — and stronger — 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.
April was not a pleasant month for weather in the Twin Cities
This year's frustrating April weather had us switching from heat to air conditioning and then back to heat again — 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
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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