Just returned from our South Carolina yard and the hives are a full month ahead of last year. Frames packed with pollen and pollen coming with some hives already getting pollen bound. Many light hives due to warm weather and brood raising activity with minimial nectar coming in. We found many hives with 5 frames of brood burning through honey like it was mid Februay. Spent hours looking for mites and found none so the end of November formic treatment did it's job. Put a gallon of 1:1 for each and had to throw a 2nd deep on several. 2013 could be a great year but those who went into winter with well stocked hives, normally checking the start of February may not want to wait.