Well, I've been so proud of my bees to have survived the winter. I can't check on them as often as I'd like, but when I have been able to I always heard happy buzzing inside the hive.

Yesterday I went out to check on the hive to find that some time in the past two weeks the outer cover had blown off. I found some bees alive but LOTS of dead bees. Easily a half gallon of dead bees were piled up on the bottom screen.

It was too late in the afternoon to try to look for the queen. If she survived I think the hive can recover.

I had thought that maybe I should have put a strap over the hive to keep everything tied down. It's there now... lesson learned.

David