Winter’s back or over???

Just a week ago, the bees seemed to be celebrating the end of winter. As I took this picture, I was thinking this might be the day I get stung as they buzzed around me in the warm sunshine.

February 23, 2017

February 23, 2017

And today it’s back to this…

Feb. 27, 2017

Feb. 27, 2017

That’s the third time the hives have been covered in snow this winter. Here’s a quick recap of all this winter’s crazyness.

November 2016: Relatively warm temperatures, with an average of 14°C and even a high of 19°C on Nov. 8.

December 6, 2016 is when temperatures dropped to 3.5°C and stayed around 5°C that month. The first snowfall was on Dec. 12, 2016.

January 2017: It remained around 2°C until the the cold spell lifted around Jan. 17. It remained around 9°C and then dropped back down on January 30.

February 2017: The first week of Feb. was cold and it snowed for a second time on Feb. 8. From there, February did February with temperatures at 9°C on average. However, winter snuck back in on Feb. 24 and it snowed for the last time on Feb. 27.

With that, I declare winter is over. Here are the bee loving flowers blooming in February:

Snowdrops

Snowdrops

Crocuses

Crocuses

Witch Hazel - Blossomed late December until early February.

Witch Hazel – Blossomed late December until early February.

While February wasn’t quite as sunny as last year’s, I still managed to get a sunburn once this month. Stay tuned for an update on the bees coming soon in March!

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