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  1. Bee Forum
    6A- High desert Oregon- elevation 3182. Grand solar minimum, yes I know. How is everyone else dealing with the cold? April looked mostly normal but May has been consistently cold. Gardening has been stunted. Bees are alive but not really building. Just put a Bee Cozy and feed back on one...
  2. Bee Forum
    Between 12-15 inches of snow and some sub zero nights. Mid 40’s this week. Two things- How are you fairing? My 5 came through. For Pete’s sake the Russians think its spring. If there is pollen anywhere this group will find it. 2) are you planning on your winter OAV soon?
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Installed my first nuc on Saturday. Added a feeder jar on Monday. I have a deep an inner over on top and another deep on top of that tap. I placed a feeder jar with 1:1 syrup over the inner cover hole and covered the top box with the telescoping cover. Question 1: Yesterday evening I went...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I am in Maryland and we have had cool, rainy weather the past 2 days. I observed a small cluster of bee bearding, or what I believe to be bearding, outside my hive. There were a few bees also outside the cluster that were barely moving & appeared nearly dead. And, a handful of dead bees on the...
  5. Bee Forum
    I'd love to hear from Northwest beekeepers on how the cold and wet winter and spring so far are affecting your colonies. I was looking at some weather forecasts and historical weather info and was really surprised to see how much colder this season is than average. Below is a snip of what I...
  6. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hello, I'm five days out from an install on Saturday. I am using a Kenyan top bar hive based on the plans Michael Bush posted on his website, the entrance is based on a small gap between the front bar and the hive front wall, with lid on top. I used a piece of wood to reduce the size of the...
  7. Bee Forum
    So it has been rainy for a LOOONNNGGGG time here in the mid-Atlantic. Does this mean not a very good honey season? What are you seeing in terms of honey flow in the Mid-Atlantic states?
  8. Beekeeping 101
    Hey guys, need some advice for a huge problem. I ordered three packages and they were shipped on March 30th. But because of a USPS delay, I didn’t receive the bees until 6 days later (April 4th). Here in Michigan it was around 45 degrees so I installed them and put a blanket around the hives to...
  9. Bee Forum
    1/31/2016. Current Jet Stream for Eastern Pacific & Western North America (Animated). http://squall.sfsu.edu/scripts/jetstream_model.html Atmospheric Rivers. http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/atmrivers/ Regards, Ernie
  10. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    How good does the weather have to be for a successful mating flight? How warm? Can it be a little windy or rainy? Thanks.
  11. Bee Forum
    I live in the Metro Vancouver area and have a large number of hives. I am considering trying to winter some of them on single brood boxes this year; I am planning to create splits with 6 frames of brood and new local queens, and we also have about 25 July nucs that are filling out to 10 frames...
  12. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hello fellow Mainers... I know you are out there. I am in Brunswick and am still experiencing incredibly warm temperatures. Today we are once again about 65 degrees. While all this is lovely this is my first treatment free winter and I have not feed syrup as the stores seemed very good. I...
  13. Bee Forum
    Greetings all: It is the hottest week of the year in the mid-Atlantic and I'm concerned about my hive's internal temperature and do not want larvae to die. Would a filled top feeder lower hive temperature a degree or two. How about placing a few ice cubes or an ice pack in the top feeder? And...
  14. Welcome Forum
    Hi All - My name is Mark Henson. I'm a software developer and beekeeper in the western mountains of NC. I've been working for almost 2 years on a new online application for beekeepers. Hive Tracks (www.hivetracks.com) will have its official launch and débuted at the Eastern Apicultural Society...
  15. Commercial Beekeeping
    2/11/2010 http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=7270635 ABC 7 Dallas Raines Thank you for the good report. Ernie
  16. Commercial Beekeeping
    Here is the storm tracking link/URL http://www.stormtracker.noaa.gov/ Ernie
  17. Commercial Beekeeping
    Here is a compilation of up to date weather data: AUGUST WEATHER DATA: http://www.weather.com/multimedia/videoplayer.html?clip=14929&from=hp_main_tab3 20' waves in Newport beach, California NOAA: El Nino http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/index.shtml El...
  18. Coffee Klatch
    Here is a tornado from the beginning to the end including a view through the vortex horizontally. Remarkable footage! http://www.weather.com/multimedia/videoplayer.html?clip=14512&from=36hr_outlet_video Ernie
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