Needless to say, it's been a long few years for all of us, and sometimes is it can feel like EVERYTHING is worse than "normal". The weather, the state or the world, the potholes, the gas prices?! Yes, it's true we have been through a lot lately, but not everything is worse in 2022.

If you suffer from allergies the change in seasons from Winter to Spring can be one of the worst times of the year. Runny noses, itchy eyes, and general annoyance are par for the course, in late March and early April, but if you've found yourself saying, "man, my allergies have been worse than ever this year," you're technically wrong. Now, I hate being told I'm wrong just as much as the next person, so I guess you can say you FEEL that way, but technically the pollen count in Massachusetts is lower than average this year.

AccuWeather's allergy forecast says this spring season Massachusetts will actually see below-average levels of tree pollen, the main aggressor for allergy victims this time of year. To determine this protection, meteorologists look at rain, wind, and temperature forecasts which can be predictors of pollen levels.

While this is good news, there is some bad news on the horizon for allergy sufferers in Massachusetts. Forecasters are predicting a higher than average weed pollen season that will hit in late summer and early fall.


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Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.


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