- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Allergy sufferers, grab your tissues. Prolonged rain and a later-than-normal cooling trend could lead to an extended ragweed season in eastern North Carolina.

The Star News of Wilmington reported Saturday (https://bit.ly/1sQy1Ox ) that Ragweed usually peaks around Sept. 19, with allergy season continuing for another four to five weeks.

Accuweather meteorologist Alan Reppert said ragweed is just now kicking in. Temperatures will most likely cool more slowly than normal this Fall, setting back allergy season as much as a month.

Reppert said prolonged rainfall can dull the effects of both pollen and ragweed, but wet conditions can also encourage mold spore growth. North Carolina typically cycles through two peak allergy seasons, one in the spring and one in the fall.

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