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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.

Friday, February 24, 2017

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Friday's Comments

Today we have high pollen count but with less pollen than yesterday’s probably due to the seasonably cold weather. Juniper that likes this wet and cold weather and elm trees are already bursting out pollen all over KC metro air and we counted a lot of juniper and elm pollen this early morning hours. The current cold and freezing weather hopefully will able to hold all the blooming trees to release pollen till warm weather returns.


Location Pollen (m3) Mold (m3)
Downtown 1150 (High) 2427 (Low)

Laser Particle Counts

Size Count (ft3)
0.3-0.5uM 1214754
0.5-1.0uM 135532
1 - 5uM 12321
5-10uM 1273
10-25uM 215
>25uM 18

Top 5 Pollens

Pollen Count Percent
Juniper 807 70.17%
Elm 283 24.61%
Maple 32 2.78%
Other Tree Pollen 16 1.39%
Sycamore and other Pollen 12 1.04%

Top 5 Molds

Mold Count Percent
Cladosporium 2051 84.47%
Epicoccum 116 4.78%
Basidiospores 116 4.78%
Ascospores 116 4.78%
Pithomyces 29 1.19%

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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