February 9, 2012 13:45 by Bran
For most of the United States, this winter has been strangely unwintry. While parts of the country received a small number of snowstorms and blizzards, the majority of areas have reveled in unseasonably mild temperatures. But the premature spring-like conditions, which many attribute to global warming, don't come without consequence.
Although imagining a world with consistently-moderate temperatures may be nice, a year-long spring could be quite detrimental to allergy sufferers. According to The Weather Channel, although it's only February, "Allergy season is here. And it has arrived several months early." Because the U.S. hasn't seen a true winter this year, pollen is going to peak earlier. "People will start seeing symptoms a few weeks earlier than usual," Atlanta-based allergist Dr. David Redding told The Weather Channel.
And unfortunately that doesn't necessarily mean allergy season will end early this year. According to Dr. Redding, "In fact is may actually be a longer season because it's started so early." How will you prepare for a longer-than-usual spring?