While my friends and fellow beeks are dealing with snow and cold in the Northeast, we are enjoying a bit of spring-like weather here in the West. As we meteorologists say: “Trough (cold) in the East, Ridge (warm) in the West” (and vice-versa). Here in the Colorado Front Range, a westerly wind flow gives us extra warming as the air compresses as it goes from 14,000′ to 5000′ feet (commonly referred to as a Chinook wind). We should see a high around 60ºF (15º Celsius) today, but expect some snow tomorrow night.
Last week, we had record temperatures in the mid-70’s and some beekeepers reported that their bees were bringing in pollen – presumably from maple trees. My bees weren’t bringing any in, but today they are definitely finding pollen somewhere:
If you watch the video (particularly at the :18 second mark), you’ll see some of the bees coming in with pollen in the baskets on their back legs.
Walking around the yard, I also found that my parsley is starting to come back, another sign that Spring can’t be too far off.
Of course, this will all be covered in snow on Thursday, but in the West we cherish the moisture that the snow provides. And we’ll be back in the 60’s on some Chinook winds by the weekend.
So hang in there you Easteners, spring isn’t that far off. I hope they get the snow cleared in Boston so the Patriots’ can get a wonderful celebration parade!