The groundhog (Monday, February 2) is not the most scientific nor accurate way to tell when Spring is due to arrive, nor is Spring anything more than an official calendar date. For those os us who have lives that revolve around agrarian activities like planting, pollution and beekeeping it is always helpful to acknowledge the old south Georgia acumen "If you don't like the weather today, wait until tomorrow." That being said, is Spring here? By calendar for 2015 the first day of Spring is March 20th. According to the honeybees that's pretty close, we started getting multiple daily calls about honeybee activity this past weekend, March 14th. As of the 18th we have responded to five calls for swarms. So, what is the official government word of cold then? Here is a link to the data concerning the last frost. Honeybees just like you and I get pretty confused by the drastic changes in weather. You might want to feed your bees. Here is the Georgia Frost Data Cut to the facts; for Statesboro Georgia officially the last Spring frost historically has been between March 21 and March 31. The fist Fall frost between November 21st and November 30th. So, keep you coat out of storage, you will need them for visits to your favorite summer restaurants anyhow, with interior air conditioners set in the low 70º's as you enter from outside temperatures and humidity both above 90º.
Mark & Ruth Mettler
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