Newfoundland Winter: November to April

Enough with the snow already.

100 km/h winds and enough snow to shut down schools and universities in what I hope is the last snow storm of the year. (April 20, 2016.)

100 km/h winds and enough snow to shut down schools and universities in what I hope is the last snow storm of the year. (April 20, 2016.)

A FEW HOURS LATER: The snow keeps coming.

Three days ago my bees were bringing in the first pollen of the year. (April 20, 2016.)

Three days ago my bees were bringing in the first pollen of the year. (April 20, 2016.)

THE NEXT DAY:

The day after 50cm / 20 inches of snow. (April 21, 2016.)

The day after 50cm / 20 inches of snow. (April 21, 2016.)

April 27th, 2016: A week ago today, I asked if Newfoundland has had its final snowstorm of the year. The answer is no. Here’s my sad little beeyard this morning.



My poor bees have been living off their honey stores since November and probably won’t begin to bring in nectar until sometime in May.

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Realistically, winter for my bees is a six-month season. Something to think about.

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2 thoughts on “Newfoundland Winter: November to April

  1. I keep saying the same thing here in Colorado, but there’s another storm forecast for next week. At least it’s not as cold in between storms. You picked a tough place to keep bees, but I enjoy watching your progress!

  2. This past year has been particularly brutal, though not because of the weather. Six of my eight colonies were destroyed or weakened to the point of no return by shrews last winter. Then I had basically the resources of two colonies, with only one of them in good shape, to rebuild my beeyard up to five colonies. Four of them are still alive, but three of them didn’t have time to build up much before winter and are now barely hanging on. The one colony that’s in good shape gives me hope because I look at it and I know if I can get all my colonies up to full strength again, the bees do have it in them to survive the cold wet weather and the delayed seasons and to flourish somehow. My beeyard has never been in such hard shape, but I’m always amazed how quickly the bees can bounce back.

    Supposedly we have a warm summer coming our way. I look forward to it.

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