Tag Archives: Winter

Thermal Images of Bee Hives – Air Temp 38 F

It’s so cold outside I didn’t even want to go out to take these thermal images of the bee hives. It’s currently 38F air temp with a dew point of about 34 F tonight. It’s crazy cold and the bees … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice 2011

Well, it’s that time of the year. It’s cold out there. Our bees are all clustered and battling the cold and rain. Us beekeepers can’t wait for the turnaround when days start to get longer and temperatures start to warm … Continue reading

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Thermal Images of Bee Hives During Winter

It has been cold at night and waking up to white frost on the surface. I thought I have a little fun with my toy,¬†Fluke Thermal Imager, to see where the majority of the heat is located in a bee … Continue reading

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Winter Rain and Frost Protection

Just wanted to provide you’ll a visual of two forms of how I protect my hives from the elements during the cold and wet season. This first colony, yes, still 5 mediums tall with a full load of honey, is … Continue reading

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First Frost of the Season

Last night it dipped into the chilling 30’s and we woke up to a light blanket of frost. Appears to be a repeat of last year in Nov where we got frost and rain almost the entire month. Nov 9: … Continue reading

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Providing a Roof and Insulation for Your Hive

As many of you know my practice is to provide my hives with some sort of cover or roof during the wet and cold months along with top insulation to help keep the heat in. As stated before almost anything … Continue reading

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November Weather – Cold and Wet

Last year November and December were the two months that took a toll on many hives throughout the Bay Area with much continuous rain and frost. This year the start of November isn’t looking any better with rains forecasted for … Continue reading

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