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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, October 20, 2017

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

Friday's Comments

The warmer temperatures and winds from the South have brought a lot of Juniper pollen into our area today. Juniper or cedar trees are very prevalent in Northern Oklahoma and the Ozarks. And, they have been increasingly moving into our area for the past 20 years. It has now become normal for us to have a fall Juniper pollen release. The Junipers like to release pollen on cool moist mornings so we can expect more juniper pollen in the air as we go through this weekend.


Location Pollen (m3) Mold (m3)
Downtown 100 (High) 2427 (Low)

Laser Particle Counts

Size Count (ft3)
0.3-0.5uM 1943974
0.5-1.0uM 129985
1 - 5uM 14615
5-10uM 1122
10-25uM 82
>25uM 0

Top 5 Pollens

Pollen Count Percent
Juniper 46 46%
Ragweed 29 29%
Other Weed Pollen 10 10%
Pollen, Other 6 6%
Chenopod and Other Pollen 9 9%

Top 5 Molds

Mold Count Percent
Cladosporium 953 39.27%
Basidiospores 520 21.43%
Smuts 404 16.65%
Ascospores 347 14.3%
Epicoccum and other mold 203 8.36%

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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