Sept. 1, 2021
Melbourne Pollen is back for the 2021 pollen season, earlier than usual and with more features!
The Melbourne Pollen Count has been part of Melbourne’s spring for more than 30 years, providing daily grass pollen counts and forecasts from 1 October through to 31 December.
But you have been asking us to start earlier, to count more types of pollen and to provide you with forecasts that go further into the future.
This year, Melbourne Pollen is trialling an earlier start to its service, commencing pollen counting at our University of Melbourne site on 1 September. This will give those with seasonal allergies living in Melbourne an extended coverage.
And next year, if this year’s trial is a success, we will look at adding even more features to our service.
In addition to starting earlier, we are also rolling out a new Melbourne Pollen App with a range of forecasts that goes beyond our familiar grass pollen forecast.
With forecasts for pollen from trees like cypress, eucalypts, ash and plane, weeds like plantain and spores from the mould Alternaria provided daily, we are hoping the new forecasts will help you plan better and take more control of your allergies.
Some of the new forecasts are for things we know trigger hay fever and asthma elsewhere in the world and others are possible triggers.
But we don’t know how important these are as triggers here in Victoria. That’s why we are asking you to help us find out what is triggering your hay fever by telling us about your symptoms regularly through the Melbourne Pollen survey.
Lots of survey scores mean we can pinpoint the ones that impact you the most.
Over the years the support of our loyal community of users has been invaluable but this extension to our service will obviously cost money.
That’s why some of the new features are only going to be available by subscription, and we are asking users this year to pay $2.99 per month or $19.99 per year for access.
But many popular features of the service, such as the grass pollen forecasts and thunderstorm asthma forecasts, will remain free to all.
Please show your support by subscribing so this important research and data collection can continue.