February was cold, very cold with temps in the teens to below zero, a lot of northerly winds and lots of snow in the Inland NW. Now, we're in the middle of March and temps are finally beginning to warm; High 40s to low 50s during the day and only going to get warmer.
Unfortunately, the 2 hives I have are dead-outs. Even being under shelter and protected on the North, East and West sides, I think the long frigid temps and strong winds was just too much.
I had a moisture box on the hives, but there still seemed to be moisture on the landing board. What do I think happened? I think the days we had sunny skies, that warmed the hives enough that with the cool temps, condensation formed inside the hive thereby freezing the cluster overnight. The hive was a strong hive, but did get inundated with yellow-jackets last fall.
So, I will be starting fresh this spring with 3 Nucs and 3 new set-ups of hives. Here's to new beginnings.