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Clinical & Experimental Allergy

Weather and the grass pollen content of the air


Dr R. R. Davits, Wright Fleming Institute, St Mary's Hospilal Medical School, Norfolk Place. London W2 1PG.


Meteorological factors affecting the grass pollen content of the air-streams over London during the period 1961–70 are examined. Seasonal variations in pollen catch are eliminated by translating pollen concentrations into pollen units, and the elfect of rain, temperature, sunshine, convection, wind direction and strength examined independently by the adjustment of the other parameters to standard values. Rainfall of 2 mm or more on the day of observation reduces the pollen count. Wind direction and pollen catch are correlated with the areas of grassland in the ‘home counties’. It is shown that airborne grass pollen concentrations are positively correlated with day maximum temperature and hours of bright sunshine when the pattern of pollen release is taken into account. Strong wind and convection decrease pollen concentrations since the pollen cloud is distributed through a deeper layer of air.

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