You care about your health and want to enjoy being in the outdoors. You’ve got work, errands, exercise, things to do and people to see. If you believe that knowing what is in the air might have an impact on how good you feel today, you’d be right.
So, you check your pollen app or ask Google, “What is the pollen count near me?”
Surprise! Your pollen report may not be as relevant or useful as you think it is.
Unless you’re using an app like Pollen Wise, it’s highly likely that your app, news station or website is using pollen data that ultimately comes from the NAB, or National Allergy Bureau. They manage approximately 80 manual pollen-counting stations scattered across the United States. Results normally represent the daily average from the day before.
What does this mean to you?
Pollen levels often rise and fall several times a day. When you rely on pollen information that is based on a pollen count from the entire day before, you won’t have a good idea of what pollen levels are now.
You may be missing out on the chance to spend time outside because yesterday’s average was “high,” even if actual current levels are low. The opposite is also true: if yesterday’s pollen counts were “low,” but actual counts now are “high,” then you might be exposed to pollen you weren’t expecting.
Pollen Wise Reveals Hourly Averages from Automated Sensors
As the Pollen Sense network of automated sensors continues to grow, it becomes a more valuable resource for people who have seasonal allergies and asthma problems. These sensors report pollen levels every hour so you can make better lifestyle choices.