Re: Which is worse?
He missed his chance to prove me wrong whether the survival rate would have been better or worse with the pail of water. Oh darn, better luck next time.
Originally Posted by Mbeck
We didn't get any numbers on wind velocity in his post but a simple wind block might be enough to keep the wind from getting under the hives or creating "lift" when this happens. I know it is always fun to make fun of other people but who are you making fun at the guy that watched his hives tumble?
Strapping a hive to cement blocks adds weight to the hive but it may not prevent lift from happening so if the velocity is great enough it can still go over. A weighted 5 gal pail adds weight to the hive much the same as the blocks but it also turns the air around the hive and kills some of the lift, especially if it is inverted with the bottom facing up.
Maybe someday someone will seriously try to prove me wrong and get a pleasant surprise.
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping