We’ve had extreme weather for a few days now, giving the bees little time to gather pollen and nectar.  Heavy rain, high winds and tornado threat after tornado threat have kept the colony inside their hive.  We had 16.5 inches of rainfall within 24 hours.  That’s the most I’ve ever seen.  Also, a couple of nights of severe tornado weather.  On Sunday night, a big tornado traveled north of us, striking Joplin, MO, just 17 miles east of us.  Needless to say, along with all other concerns, I was concerned for the well-being of my little friends in their newly established home in the backyard.  They are protected from weather on three sides, which was part of my planning.  With each break in the weather and a bit of sunshine peeking through the clouds, they have been busily foraging whatever food sources they can find.