Winter Storm Warning!

What! It’s a winter storm warning? Here’s one reason it’s so hard to keep Wyoming bees at much higher elevations than at the bottom of the basins. I’ve seen this kind of weather continue into July. Abate until the end of August and then startup again.

That’s leaves only a few brood cycles which will just barely get a hive up to speed before the season is over. Everything has to work out perfectly. There’s just not enough time to correct for problems. And that’s why few swarms survive for long as feral hives in the wild.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RIVERTON WY
334 PM MDT FRI JUN 11 2010

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NATRONA COUNTY LOWER ELEVATIONS-NORTH BIG HORN BASIN-…

334 PM MDT FRI JUN 11 2010…

A MAJOR SNOWSTORM IS EXPECTED TO BRING HEAVY…WET SNOW TO THE EAST SLOPE OF THE WIND RIVER MOUNTAINS TONIGHT THROUGH AT LEAST SATURDAY EVENING. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 6 TO 12 INCHES ARE EXPECTED BETWEEN ABOUT 7000 FEET AND 9000 FEET WITH 1 TO 2 FEET ABOVE 9000 FEET. LOCAL AMOUNTS UP TO 3 FEET ARE POSSIBLE IN FAVORED ELEVATIONS ABOVE 9000 FEET. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 8 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE SALT AND WYOMING RANGES SATURDAY AND POSSIBLY ALONG THE EAST SLOPE OF THE BIGHORN MOUNTAINS AND SOUTHEAST END OF THE ABSAROKA MOUNTAINS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY
ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE ALONG THE EAST SLOPE OF THE WIND RIVER MOUNTAINS SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY AND POSSIBLY ALONG THE EAST SLOPE OF THE BIGHORN MOUNTAINS. A MAJOR WARM-UP IS EXPECTED EARLY NEXT WEEK WHICH WILL LEAD TO A RAPID SNOWMELT OF THE NEW EXPECTED SNOWFALL AND THE SNOW STILL ON THE GROUND.

I don’t expect to get snowed on here. But I expect to see new snow a mile or so south of my house in the higher elevations.

What’s got me worried is the flood potential. My beeyard is on the second bench above the river. Right now the river is high and is above the first bench. But it’s still about two to three feet below the second bench. I just hope my hives don’t end up getting washed away. It’s a situation, I’m going to have to watch closely over the next week or so.

Ah the joys of Wyoming beekeeping.  😉

-bW

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