The New England region began drying up around mid-July 2020. I watched as the weatherman started out declaring a mild drought - then the adjectives changed to, 1) Severe 2) Extreme 3) Catastrophic as the weeks went by. We did get a more normal winter than last year. April here has been a rollercoaster.
We got a couple of 70 degree days in early April then last week we had a snow storm and this past Saturday it hit 73 degrees. The trouble with those kind of temp swings is buds appear on the branches and if you get freezing temps the buds fall off. No blossoms, no nectar.
I'm in that abnormally dry area in northeast Georgia. 5-10% of our normal rainfall since early March.
Friday night and Saturday forecast calls for 1-2 inches of rain. Thank goodness. Grass and weeds starting to wilt during the day.
The spring blooms "flashed". Meaning they came on opened and were here about a seven day period before closing and falling. Usually we get three weeks of blooms on this first run. Now my main nectar producer, tulip popular, has blooms in the top of the tree. Its not getting better. We are supposed to have rain on Friday....
At this point I have supers getting drawn and filled but without a real pickup, I may simply go to a "make bees" position.
We didn't even have a winter here. Went from fall to spring.
Living in the redwoods my area is considered a rainforest due to the average annual rainfall. This year we got one good atmospheric river but other than that, nothing. We currently sit at about half of average.
The flow has been intense with all the nectar available, not having storms wash it away and more days for the bees to fly than ever before. But, things are blooming a good month or more earlier than they usually do. Our Pride of Madera usually is the last thing to bloom which goes into June. It's at peak bloom now and will taper down quickly.
On top of that, our ground well started to pump dry last year and this year is going to be far worse! We've been seriously considering relocating - although love the area for the mountain biking and the ocean.
Having kept bees in Northern Utah and in the California dearths, I'd take Utah any day.
It's going to be a crazy long summer likely with a lot of feeding. I have no idea how I'm going to control the robbing. If I could find an area in town to move some of my Italian colonies to I wouldn't hesitate. I'm up in the mountains where the dearth is more severe. The towns seem to do much better with ornamentals and such.
Or just move. We've been considering Northern Washington.
It was real dry here in central florida until last week. To the point some big trees and a lot of established shrubs were dying even with irrigation. We had fairly consistent rain through February but then it got dry and hot and had several weeks of daily near record temps. We finally got a good 3 day soaking over the weekend but the damage was done. It's going to take a few weeks at least for the flowering trees and shrubs my home bees feed on to bud out. My new farm location is in a low area and fared much better so I moved most of my colonies there. They've been packing it in pretty good the last couple of weeks now that the gallberry is starting to bloom.
Very early warm up here in Central NJ-good rain patterns and the girls are out and about with dandelion, tree and other flows already. Hives look strong and I'm looking at early splits. Had a brief cool down the last two days-near freezing but look's like the 10 day say warmer and more normal-rain seems every few days.
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