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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.

Monday, July 16, 2018

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Monday's Comments

There are only a few pollens in the collection this morning. The rainfall and warm temperatures provide excellent growing conditions for fungus. Spore release is a cyclic phenomena. Warm wet conditions trigger release of ascospores and growth of cladosporium. As it dries out, cladosporium that grew abundantly during the wet period produces spores that get pushed into the air by breezy conditions. The SkyCast for today is still Yellow (MODERATE). Persons with respiratory difficulties should consider restricting their outdoor activities.


Location Pollen (m3) Mold (m3)
Downtown 4 (Low) 7424 (Moderate)

Laser Particle Counts

Size Count (ft3)
0.3-0.5uM 858425
0.5-1.0uM 92541
1 - 5uM 48548
5-10uM 6567
10-25uM 895
>25uM 0

Top 5 Pollens

Pollen Count Percent
Plantain 2 50%
Pollen, Other 1 25%
Grass 1 25%

Top 5 Molds

Mold Count Percent
Cladosporium 4709 63.43%
Ascospores 2138 28.8%
Basidiospores 173 2.33%
Alternaria 202 2.72%
Aspergillus/Peni and other mold 202 2.72%

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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