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February Beekeeping Forecast
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The Beekeeping Forecast Blog was designed to better help beekeepers understand the current beekeeping season and what might be important to consider in your region. All information given below comes from observation of current environmental weather patterns and traditional responses to this particular season. Conditions can vary widely from region to region. This is meant to be purely informative, not an actual set guideline. For a better understanding of beekeeping in your area, reach out to one of your local Beekeeping Associations or clubs.


North East

You have been experiencing some warmth recently but, unfortunately, it looks like winter is back in full swing. It’s forecasted to stay very cold and wet through most of February. If daytime temperatures in your area happen to hit 55 degrees it is advisable to go out and do a quick tap on your hive to see if you hear any activity, otherwise you will need to just wait out the cold.


South East

As usual, winter can never truly make up its mind in the SE. Temperatures have fluctuated from bitter cold to quite warm and has been rather dry. On the warmer days, you need to feed, feed, feed! Make sure that your hives have enough resources to make it through the rest of the winter. Learn more in our blog about Winter Resources.


North West

The NW is having a pretty wet winter so far. As with the North East, colder temperatures have prevented the opportunity for a quick hive inspections. With all the moisture you guys have experienced, you would want to keep an eye on your equipment and make sure that none of your wood is rotting. Warping and rotting create openings for robbing insects.


South West

California and other SW regions have experienced massive rainfall totals lately while the southern states have been fairly warm and dry (from a beekeeping perspective). Unless you live in upper elevations, temperatures have been stable. On the warmest days, check to make sure your colonies have enough resources and, those who have experienced significant rainfall, be mindful of moisture buildup in your hives.