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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, March 16, 2018

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

Friday's Comments

The warmer temperatures and south wind have brought pollen count to very high range today. If you woke up this morning sneezing and coughing you are probably allergic to Juniper. We got a dramatic increase in Juniper pollen that is bursting out all over KC metro air since yesterday. The juniper group includes not only the ornamental junipers we plant around our houses, but also the native cedars that we have in Missouri and Kansas. It is time for pollen allergy suffers to take cautions and steps against their allergies. Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow!


Location Pollen (m3) Mold (m3)
Downtown 2498 (High) 1184 (Low)

Laser Particle Counts

Size Count (ft3)
0.3-0.5uM 3353424
0.5-1.0uM 311746
1 - 5uM 13393
5-10uM 544
10-25uM 27
>25uM 0

Top 5 Pollens

Pollen Count Percent
Juniper 1894 76.13%
Elm 529 21.26%
Maple 42 1.69%
Pollen , Other 1 0.04%
Sycamore and other Pollen 22 0.88%

Top 5 Molds

Mold Count Percent
Cladosporium 896 75.61%
Smuts 144 12.15%
Alternaria 87 7.34%
Epicoccum 29 2.45%
Basidiospores 29 2.45%

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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