I did some more online research and found that Chinese elm trees flower in autumn and that the City of Palo Alto is in the process of planting more Chinese elms as street trees.
Yet I also found a web site that identified Chinese elm as a tree that should be avoided by allergy sufferers. Doesn't the City of Palo Alto take these things into consideration when deciding on what type of tree to plant? Could it be that the severity of my allergic reaction has to do with the increasing number of Chinese elm trees in Palo Alto?
Coincidentally, I mentioned my allergy problem to a neighbor, and she told me that she started getting allergy symptoms at about the same time.
I'd like to hear about anyone else who suffered similar hayfever symptoms this weekend.
By the way, the web site indicates that the elm pollen count is expected to drop tomorrow. Good news for us allergy sufferers in Palo Alto.