Pollen Count

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 2, 2018

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

Friday's Comments

This is the last regular ‘Pollen and Spore Report’ for this year. The recent cold, wet weather has brought the pollen count to near zero and dropped the spore count into the very low range. There are a very few Juniper pollen in the collection this morning and we have the possibility of Juniper pollen in our air all winter by long range transport coming usually from the Ozarks and sometimes from as far away as the Edwards plateau in Texas. For the most part our pollen and spore levels will not cause anyone problems during the winter. However, there is lots of junk in the air and there are still lots of indoor allergens to worry about. If we get some unseasonable warm weather and the outdoor counts come up we will send out some special reports. Otherwise hopefully we will be back when the trees begin to pollinate in the spring 2019.


Location Pollen (m3) Mold (m3)
Downtown 1 (Low) 1416 (Low)

Laser Particle Counts

Size Count (ft3)
0.3-0.5uM 531270
0.5-1.0uM 51955
1 - 5uM 15170
5-10uM 1309
10-25uM 218
>25uM 0

Top 5 Pollens

Pollen Count Percent
Juniper 1 100%

Top 5 Molds

Mold Count Percent
Cladosporium 751 53%
Smuts 347 24.49%
Basidiospores 116 8.19%
Ascospores 116 8.19%
Alternaria 87 6.14%

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.