So far scattered rainstorms have kept the pollen count relatively low. Dr. Bradley Chipps of Capital Allergy and Respiratory Disease Center says this season isn't nearly as bad as last year, when a wet winter spurred a vigorous spring bloom.
CHIPPS: "Usually by third or fourth week of April it's absolutely standing room only in the office, and that's just not the case this year. Although we're busy, it's not quite as crazy as some years."
But Chipps expects allergy season to intensify as the weather warms. Then there's another wave when grass pollens bloom, usually peaking in the second or third week of May.
Chipps says timing varies throughout the state, but peak allergy conditions usually persist until around June. Pollen production generally ends when we have several 100+ degree days in a row. The geography of some regions like the Central Valley and Los Angeles can also trap pollen and other particulate matter in the air, making conditions worse.
If you suffer from allergies, you should avoid exposure as much as possible by keeping windows closed in homes and cars during high pollen times.