Had a friend there in outer NE Dallas said you folks were expecting a chill (32 dgs F or lower). Didn’t check your local NOAA stats before starting to write here.
Here on the West side of Cascade Mtns SE of Seattle the temps hAve dropped to 35, 25, n 30 dgs F night time lows last 3 nights. Suppose to get little snow changing to rain overnight tonight.
I have a hive monitoring system in my flow-hive. Brood temp around 85 to 90 dgs. I’m currently having heavy brood dying off now the temps diving n winter here. My Humidity levels have held near 48 to 52% over this cold period. Here is a pick of my moisture quilt …
. I have three screened 11/2" holes each side of the quilt with three inches of loose white wood chips.
To make a large story short. I found some area on the underside of my crown board like you checking n adding additional winter patties. (Approx 8 x 10 or 12") only to one side of the screened inner hole. Some of the chips in contact with the crown board were damp but not very deep. So I’m guessing that dampness will or is evaporating some as the chips only had shallow wetness at this time. I’ll do a recheck in a week or two but not getting worked up yet on that. With the peaked roof it’s more difficult to properly insulate above that crown board much. I have a bit of insole board over it so maybe it won’t sweat under the peaked roof. (Pix of insulation board in roof)
I diffently know at this point my bees are NOT being soaked from condensation as my instruments would indicate the wetness. And my winter patties laying on the honey super frames were NOT wet with condensate like I found in a friends hives last winter replacing gooey old winter patties.
I’m just watching my hives data everyday n plan on having my brother come by with his Flir for a infra-pix ASAP this next week to see where all three colonies are exactly in the supers. I think you have one of those gadgets too bro, right ???
I’ll be posting occasional data graphs on here too as I get new helpful data that might be useful to others.
It’s a wonderful new learning curve…
I wouldn’t panic. I’m going to check again in couple weeks as I said … That way I can get an idea just what is normal for my hive with the quilt n crown board over it.