Ragweed Pollen Counts Break Record

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By Ellen Kurt

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The hot, dry weather is causing trouble for people with fall allergies.

Wednesday's pollen count hit 857 in Iowa City, breaking the record set in 2008. In fact, it's been above 500 for four of the last five days. This also sets a record for the most consecutive days with pollen counts higher than 500 for not only the week but also in a year.

Last year the highest number recorded was 487. Any time pollen numbers are between 200 and 1,000, people with allergies can experience symptoms that include runny noses, itchy eyes, and fatigue.

Iowa's fall ragweed season starts in August and goes until late September.

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