Mild winter causes problems for other seasons

The 2010-2011 winter season brought heavy amounts of snowfall to the Cincinnatiarea. So much snow, in fact, that we had to take off more school than our allotted 3 day buffer allowed. This winter was a stark contrast. With temperatures into the 60’s in the middle of January, this was one of the mildest winters Cincinnatihas ever seen. It ranked second for lack of snow, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Greater Cincinnati region has experienced  its warmest March ever, with daytime high temperatures being 20 degrees above normal. The hottest days of the month were March 20 and 21, reaching 83 degrees. The normal temperature is usually between 37 and 57 for those days.

For a more detailed account of the normal average temperatures for winters in Cincinnati, check out this article from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

This mild winter not only affects snow days, but also allergies and bug population, as well. Winter is the time that most insects freeze and die, so that come spring time, most of the population has been wiped out. However, with this season’s little snowfall and mild temperatures, insects have not died out but instead have kept growing and repopulating. Insects are already appearing earlier than normal, and will most likely be in larger quantities than before.

Pollen counts have shot up much higher than normal this early in spring. According to The Weather Channel, tree pollen counts are at an extreme high.

The Weather Channel provides a useful website so that people can check the pollen counts in their area. You can find it here.

Usually, trees start to pollinate slowly, beginning in late spring and leading up to early summer. This year, trees are all pollinating at once. This surplus of pollen is causing students to have to get tissues very often during class, and struggle with watery, itchy eyes the whole day. “I have bad allergies to begin with, and this increase in pollen is making them worse. I always have to get tissues in class. I find it harder to breathe, and I get really bothered by my allergies at school to the point where they are distracting,” junior Corey Shrader said.

To avoid the worst allergy symptoms, people should keep their windows closed in their homes and cars and use air conditioning to clean the air, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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