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Friday, February 03, 2012

Groundhog's Day and Bees

Bee-ing a beekeeper makes one ultra-conscious about the weather.  So like many people in the country, I had my eye out for the news about the groundhog yesterday.  Apparently Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.  

However, my bees are in Georgia, so I was more interested in what General Beauregard Lee, our local groundhog prognosticator, had to share on this subject.  

I had a video here but removed it because it started automatically and was loud and irritating.
So here's a link that says the General is generally right (not a video).

Our local ground hog apparently did not see his shadow on our cloudy February 2nd morning, so he predicted an early spring.  I found another link saying that he is right 94% of the time...pretty good record for a varmit like he is.

I could have told him that.  We've had the warmest winter I can remember, maybe in all the time I've lived in Atlanta.  I only put on my long winter coat one day in the last three months.  It is not unusual for us to have a snow storm in March, but I don't expect it this year.  

The dandelions are blooming as is the red maple, our first pollen contributor of the spring.  Everyone's bulbs are about to burst open and I've seen quite a few blooming crocus plants already.

My bees are flying in and out of the hives that made it through the winter.  It's warm in Atlanta.


  1. That is SO funny! I just posted a blog about the very same thing. This is the first year I actually watched the PA hoopla over Groundhog's Day and it cracked me up. I am with you, I believe Mr Gen. Lee got it right for us. My Maples are budding and my daffodils are blooming 2 weeks early! Mildest Spring I can remember too.

  2. Linda,

    The maple trees at Meg's school all but one are in full bloom or finishing up. Not seen any maple trees in bloom near our hive but lots of pollen is coming in. The bees are enjoying any of 6 types of crocus and lots of hellebores are in bloom that they seem to like a lot. Our weatherman in Raleigh says this winter was the third warmest on record.

  3. Love your blog!

    Can't stand the auto play on this video. :(

  4. I'm with you - I didn't realize that it played without freedom of choice and have taken it off.

  5. Still cold in Canada, but's been a VERY warm year, almost no snow at all. It's been mostly cold and then warm off and on.

    Really weird...


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