Children's Mercy Kansas City

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.

Monday, August 13, 2018

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Monday's Comments

Good morning! Pollen count is in high range with mainly lots of chenopod and ragweed. We have now clearly started our ragweed season for this year in KC Metro area. Our ragweed season is generally biphasic. The tall ragweed usually starts first with the short ragweed typically starting a couple of weeks later. We are now Persons who are allergic to ragweed, and there are lots of us, should start to acquire the necessary medicines to make it thru the next month and also try to keep the pollen outside the house so you will have fewer symptoms when inside. The SkyCast for today is still YELLOW (Moderate).


Location Pollen (m3) Mold (m3)
Downtown 78 (High) 8407 (Moderate)

Laser Particle Counts

Size Count (ft3)
0.3-0.5uM 2877291
0.5-1.0uM 230691
1 - 5uM 5933
5-10uM 1412
10-25uM 81
>25uM 0

Top 5 Pollens

Pollen Count Percent
Chenopod 29 37.18%
Ragweed 28 35.9%
Nettle 8 10.26%
Other Weed Pollen 6 7.69%
Grass and other pollen 7 8.97%

Top 5 Molds

Mold Count Percent
Cladosporium 5720 68.04%
Basidiospores 924 10.99%
Cercospora 809 9.62%
Ascospores 549 6.53%
Alternaria and Epicoccum 405 4.82%

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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