The winter of 2015 seen the Island get between 17 and 25 feet of snow depending on what part of the Island you live in and buried hives completely right up until the first week in May leaving some beekeeper to open their hives just last week.
My yard seen half survive and half die so 2015 starts off a lot better than last year. There is a law called Murphy's Law and as Murphy would have it this spring has been cold and wet and continues to be so, it should surprise no one that as I type this update it's raining again.
My wife heard an old fellow speaking about his life as a beekeeper as he tell's the story he is 93 years old and started into beekeeping at the age of 20 years. This gentle man says that the last two years have been the hardest he has ever seen for keeping bee's alive.
I and my fellow beekeepers will second that thought as we struggle to keep our bee's alive again this year, the only thing worst then having all your bee's dead at the end of winter is to watch as they slowly die in the cold wet spring weather of 2015.
Beekeepers are forced by the bee's into planning for the worst but hoping for the best and I'm sure this spring will come sooner or later and summer after that and with that another bee season so until we meet in the bee yard bee happy.