Each morning Meredith Burgess climbs this ladder to the roof of UT Health Center and collects pollen.
"We coat a slide with a solution -- it's sticky and thick and it sucks in air -- and whatever is in it sticks to the slide."
She then counts the pollen under a microscope. Recent samples are showing more and more ragweed pollen. Three yesterday. Five today. This is what ragweed looks like, and this is how it makes allergy sufferers feel.
Ragweed is sort of the mother of all allergens and it flares up each fall. Due to the heavy rains we've had all summer, allergist Dr. Paul Sharkey fears this season could be one of the worst on record.
"It just showed up in the pollen counts last week and so right now they are low, they are going to pick up in the next two weeks."
So Dr. Sharkey suggest if you have bad allergies, start preparing now.
"If you have medication you want to go ahead and get started on it especially if you have preventative medicines."