Grass, mold, weeds and ragweed: Pollen peaks in Midwest - Fox 2 News Headlines

Grass, mold, weeds and ragweed: Pollen peaks in Midwest

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago's pollen count hit an all-time high for the season Wednesday.

Mold, weeds and ragweed and grass are high, which may surprise many people. The grass is corn grass, and the high levels are caused by the seasonal harvesting of the corn as corn is a member of the botanical grass family.

Midwesterners with sensitive respiratory systems will feel general fatigue and experience itchy throats and runny noses.

The official Gottlieb Allergy Count Wednesday is: Mold - High, Grass - High, Weeds - High and Ragweed - High.

The alternating sunshine, humidity and hot temperatures combined with the recent rains the past few days have kept the mold count consistently high. With the addition of the corn grass, headaches and sinus congestion will be common among Chicagoans Wednesday.

Allergy sufferers should stay indoors, keep the windows closed, use their air conditioners and take their allergy medications.

Share Your Weather Photos & Video

Submit Your Weather Photos
  • Stories by Bill BellisMore>>

  • Earliest record cold snap in Chicago

    Earliest record cold snap in Chicago

    Monday, September 15 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-09-15 20:47:57 GMT
    The recent streak on September 11-13 of days with highs in the 50s in Chicago was the earliest streak of three consecutive days or more with highs less than 60 degrees on record.
    The recent streak on September 11-13 of days with highs in the 50s in Chicago was the earliest streak of three consecutive days or more with highs less than 60 degrees on record.
  • August 2014 warmer than normal

    August 2014 warmer than normal

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:22:08 GMT
    After July went down as the 13th coolest on record in Chicago, August goes down on the warmer than normal side.
    After July went down as the 13th coolest on record in Chicago, August goes down on the warmer than normal side.
  • Labor Day weather in Chicago

    Labor Day weather in Chicago

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:19:25 GMT
    Here's a quick look at what typically happens in Chicago on Labor Day.
    Here's a quick look at what typically happens in Chicago on Labor Day.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices