Pollen Count

About Pollen
Pollen is a fine powder made by some reproducing plants. It is released into the air during the spring, summer, and fall and is carried by the wind. Inside pollen are proteins that often cause people who breathe them in to have allergic reactions, like sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes. Pollen from grasses, trees and weeds are most often the ones responsible for causing allergies.

Pollen Count Report
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has provided pollen data to the community, news media sources, meteorologists and physicians since 1961. After earning accreditation by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is now designated as a certified pollen counting station and joins major metropolitan areas throughout the United States in this regard. The National Allergy Bureau is the section of the AAAAI that reports pollen and mold levels to the public. Our local Pollen Count Report is available starting in February or March (Monday through Friday) and continues through the first heavy frost.

Today's Count
Pollen and spore counts are collected over a 24-hour period, from 8:00 am until 8:00 am the following day. Please take into consideration that the data presented here as today's count in actuality reflects some data from the day before. We use the National Allergy Bureau scale to determine how strongly each type of allergen rates each day. These levels are based entirely on ecological measurements, not on health effects. Everyone responds differently to allergens.

Forecasting Pollen

It's extremely difficult if not impossible to accurately forecast pollen activity due to the many factors in play, including so many various types of plants and trees, moisture, winds, and regional weather conditions. Our advice for those wanting a foreast is to look at which direction the current winds are coming from, and then check the certified pollen counting stations in those directions - generally this means stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Rogers, Arkansas.

Pollen History

To dig deeper into pollen and mold trends, view a spreadsheet of all 2016 data collected here.

The National Allergy Bureau Pollen and Mold Report
 has historical data from Springfield as well--including mold counts.

Additional Information