author of Feeding Eden

Shelter From The Storm

The greater New York area had a thunderous start to the summer. It was a rainy Spring, a stormy June and no one knows what is coming next. I do know that my son can predict a rainstorm with his allergies - he may wheeze, get a headache, feel congested or when the gods are particularly miffed, he may have all these symptoms at once. He is not as unusual as you might think. 

In fact, there is a plethora of recent research on the correlation between rain, extreme weather and allergies: 
1) A study conducted by climatologists explains the correlation between thunderstorms and asthma attacks in the American South
2) The New York Times tidily summarizes similar studies
3) This article examines the role molds, mites and pet dander around the globe
4) USA Today discusses frigid temperatures and allergies
The more I poke around, the more information I find on allergies and climate changes. None of this information solves anyones problem per se but at least you can have a greater of understanding of how to prepare for weather conditions -- if you are allergic you might need more than your umbrella.