№ 069/2012 from Mar 28, 2012
According to observations by the Institute of Meteorology of Freie Universität Berlin, the birch pollen season this year has begun unusually early and with intensity. This past Sunday the researchers recorded the first birch pollen of this year. It is the second earliest pollen season in Berlin in 28 years. The next days are expected to be cooler, so that the initial high exposure to birch should not increase.
After a very cold February, with daily high temperatures in Berlin-Dahlem seldom above 14 degrees Fahrenheit, spring set in early in March. The high-pressure areas "Gulliver" and "Harry" bestowed plenty of sunshine and temperatures up to 68 degrees Fahrenheit on the region. The mild weather lasted nearly two weeks, which is very unusual for the month of March. In very sheltered or sun-exposed areas, birch pollen allergens were released into the air.
On Sunday, March 25, 2012, a birch pollen allergen concentration of 50 per cubic meter of air was measured at the Institute of Meteorology of Freie Universität Berlin. This was the second earliest beginning of the birch pollen season in Berlin since records were begun in 1984. During that period, the only time that the birch pollen season started earlier was in 1990, on March 20.
For information about the current pollen count in Berlin as well as pollen forecast information, provided by the Institute of Meteorology and MeteoGroup Deutschland GmbH, see: www.met.fu-berlin.de/de/polleninfo or call: 09001 270 643 (0.62 € / min). A 2012 pollen calendar is also available on the website.
Institute of Meteorology, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-71216 (Sandra Kannabei) and Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-71200 (Thomas Dümmel); Email: email@example.com