First Semiload of Westbound Bees and Snow
Today, I saw my first load of commercial bees headed west. That’s almost two months ahead of what’s normal. It’s been a strange year with semi loads of bees trucking toward the Dakotas through mid-summer. Now they’re high tailing it out of there. I’ve never seen this kind of movement. Not sure what it means. And without my commercial contacts, I’ll probably not know. But it just shows how hard it is to get the commercial out of an old commercial beekeeper. Sort of like a propolis stain on a nice white beesuit. 🙂
Looking out my window, I can see snow on Casper mountain about two miles south of here. The county’s webcam shows about 4 to 6 inches at 8000 feet msl. There’s probably more snow coming before the system moves out Saturday. It’s the first real snow of the season. But here, it’s just a third of what’s predicted for the taller mountains to the west. At least 10 to 12 inches, to start with, is predicted there.
The basins will probably get a dusting. But it will be gone at the lower elevations by mid-day tomorrow. And there won’t be any real snow here until the usual Halloween blizzard.
Well, that’s Wyoming for you. Two days ago it was 85 degrees. Not too unusual if you’ve been in Wyoming for awhile. But I suspect those who have travel here for a little hunting adventure, might get more adventure than they had planned.
Winds will be gusting above 65mph in basins and roaring in the back country for the next couple of days. I will expect half again that much wind at my house, probably 85mph. Any back country climbers should have been off the peaks 3 days ago and out below timberline by yesterday. It’s been a season of tragedies in the back country this year. Anyone still above the trees and unprepared for this kind of weather will be there till spring. Hope all goes well now.