A pollen station has recently been installed on the roof of a Philips building in Drachten.
By Marieke Bos / Translation by Traci White
Hay fever sufferers in the north now have a better idea of what to expect thanks to the rooftop station, which measures the amount of pollen in the air.
A national “pollen radar” has been used to create a pollen forecast for years, but measurements used in that forecast come from stations in Helmond (in North Brabant) and Leiden (in South Holland). Not only are those locations hours away from the north, but flowers and plants growing in those areas produce different kinds of pollen than the flora in Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland.
According to RTV Drenthe, the Drachten-based station captures pollen samples over the course of a week and analyses them in a lab. Based on the results of the lab tests, the station issues a pollen forecast.