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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, November 11, 2016

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Friday's Comments

As we get toward the middle of November and the nighttime temperatures get cooler we have ever decreasing pollen and spore levels. There are still a few Juniper trees releasing pollen but that is about all. So, if you find yourself sniffing for no reason, look around to see if there is a grove of cedar trees. You might be allergic to cedar or Juniper. This will be our last routine pollen and spore report for this year. We will continue to monitor the air and if there are unusual pollen or spore releases we will send out a special report. But, this report should bring this quite unusual pollen year to a close.


Location Pollen (m3) Mold (m3)
Downtown 4 (Low) 3553 (Low)

Laser Particle Counts

Size Count (ft3)
0.3-0.5uM 680408
0.5-1.0uM 184690
1 - 5uM 40979
5-10uM 3908
10-25uM 479
>25uM 20

Top 5 Pollens

Pollen Count Percent
compositae 2 50%
Sage 1 25%
Ragweed 1 25%

Top 5 Molds

Mold Count Percent
Cladosporium 2398 67.49%
Basidiospores 318 8.95%
Ascopspores 318 8.95%
Smuts 231 6.5%
Rusts and Other mold 288 8.11%

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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