MoldRANGE™ Local Climate Report
The MoldRANGE™ Local Climate Report is a new supplemental report that contains more specific outdoor reference information for your area. EMLab P&K is the only laboratory that equips you with scientifically-developed and statistically accurate tools like this new report to assist you in your mold investigations.
The MoldRANGE™ Local Climate report uses your sampling location zip code to identify the EMLab Climate code in that area. Using information available from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather database, the EMLab Climate code sharpens the precision of the MoldRANGE™ reporting system, providing more reliable estimates of the range and average concentrations of the different airborne fungal spore types for each region.
Since the climate and outside spore distribution across even a single state may vary depending upon your location, this report breaks single states or groups of states into smaller groupings (called EMLab Climate codes) based upon climate data from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. The spore type data comes from EMLab P&K's unparalleled database of over 600,000 spore trap samples, including over 180,000 samples that are categorized by zip code. We evaluated each grouping and displayed the typical frequency and counts of a given spore type within that EMLab Climate code. This gives you a point of reference for the number and types of spores usually present in the outdoor air in your area across the month of sampling and the entire year.
Based on your project's zip code, your MoldRANGE™ reference data will be more precise and useful. Here's an example of what your report will include (view sample report):
The new report is currently available across the entire contiguous United States. The following U.S. states have state-specific reports based on zip codes. Other states have regional reports based on similar climates within the respective regions (see below for details). We plan to continue releasing state-specific MoldRANGE™ Local Climate reports as we gather more data. In the meantime, please continue sending samples from your area and include zip codes for your outdoor samples.
*The MoldRANGE™ California Climate report was developed using the Köppen-Geiger climate classifications.
We created Regional reports for states where we don't have a statistically significant number of outdoor samples with zip codes associated with those samples. The regions are based on NOAA's climate regions (see map below) where the states have similar climate characteristics.
The only difference is the "Typical Outdoor Data" section for Regional reports is from a set of U.S. states based on NOAA's U.S. climate regions (see map below), rather than one specific U.S. state.
Keep sending samples in your area and include zip codes for your outdoor samples. We'll eventually be able to convert your state from a regional report to a state-specific report. We continuously update data as we receive more outdoor samples with zip codes associated with them.
NOAA's National Climatic Data Center identified the following nine climatically consistent regions within the contiguous United States. Below is a map of NOAA's U.S. Climate Regions as well as a list of those regions (alphabetical order by region) showing the U.S. states in each region.
Source: NOAA's National Climatic Data Center
|Region Name||U.S. States in Region|
|Central||Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Kentucky (KY), Missouri (MO), Ohio (OH), Tennessee (TN), West Virginia (WV)|
|East North Central||Iowa (IA), Michigan (MI), Minnesota (MN), Wisconsin (WI)|
|Northeast||Connecticut (CT), Delaware (DE), Maine (ME), Maryland (MD), Massachusetts (MA), New Hampshire (NH), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), Pennsylvania (PA), Rhode Island (RI), Vermont (VT)|
|Northwest||Idaho (ID), Oregon (OR), Washington (WA)|
|South||Arkansas (AR), Kansas (KS), Louisiana (LA), Mississippi (MS), Oklahoma (OK), Texas (TX)|
|Southeast||Alabama (AL), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), Virginia (VA)|
|Southwest||Arizona (AZ), Colorado (CO), New Mexico (NM), Utah (UT)|
|West||California (CA), Nevada (NV)|
|West North Central||Montana (MT), Nebraska (NE), North Dakota (ND), South Dakota (SD), Wyoming (WY)|
|The EMLab Climate code system is a novel and patent-pending classification system that uses data from the NOAA database to define unique climate zones by state (Local) or across groups of states (Regional). The following local climate variables from NOAA are assigned a letter code of A (Above the statewide average for that variable) or B (Below the statewide average for that variable):
The result is a 4-character code assigned to each statewide zip code, referred to as the EMLab Climate Code. Below are some examples of decoded EMLab Climate Codes:
|EMLab Climate Code||Annual High Temp.||Elevation||Rainfall / Precipitation||Monthly Temp. Range|
|AAAA||Above Average||Above Average||Above Average||Above Average|
|AABB||Above Average||Above Average||Below Average||Below Average|
|BBAA||Below Average||Below Average||Above Average||Above Average|
The actual outdoor air sample data from matching local climate codes in each state are then compiled in a manner relating typical spore concentrations and frequency of occurrence.
We mapped NOAA's database of weather and geography to our proprietary database of outdoor spore trap samples with known zip codes. We assessed and analyzed our patent-pending system using orthogonal array experimental design techniques. We then compared the results to the typical ranges of spore types found when grouping zip codes using the Köppen-Geiger climate classification system – one of the most widely used systems for classifying the world's climates. The EMLab Climate codes showed improved granularity and refinement of the zip code groupings, implying a better representation of the expected range of spore types to be found within an individual zip code. After performing months of rigorous testing, quality control, and data validation, MoldRANGE™ Local Climate utilizes over 585 million data points from NOAA's database of weather and geography combined with over 180,000 zip code-based outdoor spore trap samples from our proprietary database.
Like the original MoldRANGE™, MoldRANGE™ Local Climate helps you:
If you are a current client, please contact your Project Manager to generate this report for any specific set of data you'd like, or to set up your reporting preferences to automatically receive this report. Please note that all indoor samples submitted must be accompanied by an outdoor sample, in order to continually fine-tune the data that is provided with this report. For more details, please contact your Project Manager.