Hang On Pardner, It’s Gonna Buck.

Here’s Today’s Hazardous Weather Outlook. It includes a freeze warning for tonight. Some hot, windy weather. And then a taste of snow for Sunday and Labor Day:

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RIVERTON WY
500 AM MDT THU SEP 2 2010

…-CASPER MOUNTAIN-…NATRONA COUNTY LOWER ELEVATIONS-…

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WESTERN AND CENTRAL WYOMING.

.DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT
SOME LOCATIONS TONIGHT…ESPECIALLY IN LOW LYING AREAS ACROSS SWEETWATER…NATRONA AND FREMONT COUNTIES COULD HAVE THEIR FIRST FREEZE OF THE SEASON.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY
A COMBINATION OF WARM TEMPERATURES…VERY LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND WINDY CONDITIONS…COULD RESULT IN CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER BEHAVIOR.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.
A STORM SYSTEM WILL IMPACT THE AREA SUNDAY AND LABOR DAY…WITH MINOR ACCUMULATION OF SNOW POSSIBLE IN THE MOUNTAINS SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…INCLUDING YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.

Hasn’t been that long since I was writing about the last snow warning. That was June 11th, a week short of three months ago.

The alfalfa is in full bloom around my beeyard. Hundreds of acres of bloom too short to cut. And it’s just beginning to yield some nectar for the bees. Any frost now will end that nectar flow.

And if there’s a hard freeze that stops the rabbit brush from yielding nectar and pollen, my bees are in real trouble. It will be a life and death decision for them. And a economic one for me. Whether to buy a thousand pounds of sugar and overwinter. Or start all over again next year.

This has been my worst beekeeping year, ever. Want to keep bees in Wyoming? That’s a question I’ve been asking myself.

-dBguy