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Fri, Nov. 15

Friday Catchall: Get ready for allergies and … snow

The Friday Catchall:

• SEASONS — This week I told you in a column about how Prescott has more than four seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall) — including also fire season and the monsoons.

Well, I forgot one — and, thanks to a reminder from “Carol” in Prescott — I’m adding it here: pollen.

Also known as allergy season, she writes: It begins in the morning “with my watery eyes, drippy nose, and itchy ears and throat. Nobody warns newcomers about this season before they get here.”

She has hit on a major “season” that, in fact, spans about 11 months out of the year — from February through November, according to Courier archives. Seems that the Quad Cities are at the center of three overlapping zones — for which practically one or more is active at any one time, allergists have said.

My allergies, which were limited to spring hay fever before we moved here, now involve spring, summer and fall sniffles and itchy, watery eyes. Some people I know have had it so bad they have suffered from double vision at times.

By the way, I heard recently of some folks who moved here and cut down all of the junipers on their property. They needed to get rid of them because of allergic reactions to the trees’ pollen (that yellow dust you can see if you hit one of the branches), they said.

Sorry to say, juniper pollen can travel as far as 400 miles on the Southwest’s winds; so, cutting the trees down was … well, unnecessary, to put it mildly.

• WET WEATHER — A Courier editorial this week brought out the critics when we agreed that the month of February is one of the wettest around here.

They must be thinking of February 2018 — when little to no wet stuff fell from the sky.

Please look outside. As I sit here writing this, the rain has not let up all day (Thursday), and I’m told we can expect this to last well into Friday, followed by a 30 percent chance of snow Friday night and into Saturday and Sunday — when the likeliness of snowfall will ultimately hit 60 percent.

The forecast goes through Thursday — and still calls for 20 and 40 percent chance(s) of rain or snow daily.

And don’t forget about the Flash Flood Watch, technically in effect through Friday; though, it too is possible moving forward.

• QUOTE — “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” — English writer John Ruskin (1819-1900).

Think about it.

• PICK OF THE WEEK(Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): On Saturday, Feb. 16, at Sharlot Hall Museum, “Facing West: Voices of Western Women,” at 2 p.m. The museum is at 415 W. Gurley St., Prescott. Admission is free. www.sharlot.org.

Tim Wiederaenders is the senior news editor for The Daily Courier and Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032, or twieds@prescottaz.com.

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