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Laser particle counts are the number of particles per cubic foot divided into 6 different size ranges. A laser beam literally counts the number of such particles as they are sucked past a detector. There is evidence that increased numbers of particles, particularly in the smaller ranges, are associated with heart diseases. That is why we measure it.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Phone: (816) 960-8885
Fax: (816) 960-8888

Tuesday's Comments

These last few cold nights have resulted in no pollen in the air the next morning. Ragweed and most other fall weeds stop releasing pollen when temperatures get around 50 degrees. But unless we get a freeze they can come back as soon as it warms up again. Even the fungi slow down when temperatures get cold. But we can still put together a few high pollen levels if the days get warm and, we have some pollen brought into this area from the South. They still have high ragweed levels in south Texas.


Location Pollen (m3) Mold (m3)
Downtown 4 (Low) 2773 (Low)

Laser Particle Counts

Size Count (ft3)
0.3-0.5uM 345004
0.5-1.0uM 34448
1 - 5uM 10021
5-10uM 1443
10-25uM 190
>25uM 0

Top 5 Pollens

Pollen Count Percent
Ragweed 3 75%
Pollen, Other 1 25%

Top 5 Molds

Mold Count Percent
Cladosporium 1011 36.46%
Basidiospores 780 28.13%
Ascopspores 347 12.51%
Smuts 260 9.38%
Alternaria and other mold 375 13.52%

Pollen and mold counts are collected at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics Hospital Hill location using a Hirst spore trap manufactured by Burkard Limited. Results are expressed as the mean value of the particles per cubic meter and represent an integrated 24 hour collection. These results may be published for media purposes provided the Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics logo is used to acknowledge the source. Written authorization must be provided for commercial use of the results. For a recorded count, call (816) 346-1331.

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