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Sunday, March 1st, 2009

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Nothing much happening. BEE-L is relocating to a new server.  That has been a bit of work.  I've gotten involved again, helping Aaron deal with the hassles.

Monday, March 2nd, 2009
 
Sunny with cloudy periods  High -0C  Low -5C
Normals: Max: 0C Min: -11C
Sunrise 0716  Sunset 1814

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
 
Snow at times heavy  High 1C  Low -11C
Normals: Max: 0C Min: -11C
Sunrise 0714  Sunset 1816

I've been watching Have Gun-Will Travel: Season 1 Disc 1The sound is very poor and the plots are very simple.  Nonetheless, the episodes are pleasant and entertaining.


Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
 
Sunny with cloudy periods  High 2C  Low -8C
Normals: Max:10C Min: -10C
Sunrise 0711  Sunset 1817

Today is beautiful.  I wandered around and looked at everything.  I see the quonset will need fixing again.  I looked at the bees.  All hives are alive, although one is small and at the back.  It was a small hive to start and is one of the few in doubles.  Most are in three boxes.  With the melting today, the hives are a bit damp inside, but seem happy.  The humidity will kick off brood rearing and I'll have to put some patties on soon.

Thursday, March 5th, 2009
WIND WARNING CONTINUED
 
Periods of snow and blowing snow  High -9C  Low -22C
Normals: Max: 2   C Min: -9C
Sunrise 0709  Sunset 1819

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Windy and cold.  Power was off during the night.  The quonset repair has totally come apart and I am going to have top do it over differently, assuming it holds up today in the winds.

From http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?p=401141#post401141

Yes Jean-Pierre sold the queen rearing business, the whole works, 2 years ago I believe. He did something really interesting on the varroa resistance side of things. He would pull the honey crop in mid-July. At that time he would clean the pull-out trays of his bottom boards and do a natural drop count over 3 days and average it out to 24 hours. 6 weeks later he did the same thing when they pulled the golden rod, aster crop. So they checked the colonies for natural drop again. Typical non selected North American stock will have varroa population natural drops (nd) double every 15 days. I'll say 2 weeks here just to make a point. So a colony that would have 4 varroa fall down naturally on July 15 would have 32 varroa drop naturally on September 1. July 15 is 4 nd. August 1 is 8 nd. August 15 is 16 nd and finally September 1 is 32 nd.

Being a clever fellow Jean-Pierre selected stock that had a slower rate of nd doubling. For example if 2 colonies had a nd of 4 on july 15 and 1 colony had a nd of of 32 on sept 1 and the other hive had a nd of 24 on sept 1 , then he selected the second hive as a breeder all other factors being equal. In the second hive the varroa population is growing slower.

Essentially after 1 season he was able to get the nd doubling rate of varroa from 15 days (unselected stock) to 20 days. He subsequently got about 1 extra per season in following years. I believe he did this selection for 4 seasons so the nd doubling rate went from 15 days to 23 days. What it all boils down to is if varroa levels are moderate in the spring with a slower growth rate then on September 1 when he would start treating colonies the varroa levels are not sky high.

A quick scan at my calendar and from may1 to august 28 there would be 8 2 week cycles for varroa to double their nd. So 1 varroa on may 1
may 15 - 2 varroa nd
may 29 - 4 varroa nd
june 12 - 8 varroa nd
june 26 - 16 varroa nd
july 10 - 32 varroa nd
july 24 - 64 varroa nd
august 7 - 128 varroa nd (this hive is toast)
august 21 - 256 varroa nd
sept 1 - 365 varroa nd

Now if we use selected stock that has a varroa nd doubling rate of 3 weeks then:
May 1 - 1 varroa nd
may 22 - 2 varroa nd
june 12 - 4 varroa nd
july 3 - 8 varroa nd
july 24 - 16 varroa nd
august 14 - 32 varroa nd
sept 1 - 43 varroa nd.

This colony headed by selected stock has a pretty good chance of surviving if treatments are started immediately. I thought this was way kewl on JP's part.

Jean-Marc

Friday, March 6th, 2009
 
Sunny with cloudy periods  High -9C  Low -15C
Normals: Max: 2   C Min: -9C
Sunrise 0707  Sunset 1821

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I'm involved with BEE-L again, from the migration to a new host, to list management.  Not sure what to think. I've had issues with the moderation policies in the past, but never give up hope.  So far things are looking good.  No abuse apparent.

The BEE-L list was migrated complete with archives to an improved server,

If you were subscribed, you won't have to sign up again for the mailing list, but you may need a new password on the web interface if you use it to read or change options Most people do all that by email commands, though.

As you may know, BEE-L is a mailing list, not a forum, so when subscribed, you receive all posts by email in real time, and can reply to any of them simply by hitting, "Reply". Since BEE-L is a single channel, unlike a bulletin board, BEE-L is moderated and every post is scrutinized to reduce chatter and minimize "noise' before being sent to all recipients. The discussions are intended for intermediate to advanced beekeepers, although all levels do participate.

There is also a web interface that looks like a bulletin board, and posts can be made form the web, but email is the primary method of participation.

Anyone can subscribe, and more information is available at http://www.honeybeeworld.com/bee-l/ Hopefully the links are all up to date.

Our sauna quit working a few weeks back.  The company sent us a new panel, but it wasn't the one that caused to problem.  I phoned them and they sent another part, no questions asked.  It arrived while Ellen & I were in three Hills taking back bottles and getting groceries.  I installed it and the sauna is working again!

I watched some episodes of Get Smart: Season 1 Disc 1.  It actually is not as stupid as I remember it/

Saturday, March 7th, 2009
 
Sunny with cloudy periods  High -2C  Low -15C
Normals: Max: 2   C Min: -9C
Sunrise 0707  Sunset 1821

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From http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?p=401960#post401960

As Cold As The 1800s

One problem with the whole question is the oversimplification of a complex matter.

I personally do not believe that human activity is the major contributor to global climate change, but I do believe that it obviously must have some effect.

So, if asked, "Do you accept that human activity is a cause of global warming?" and I had to answer yes or no, I would have to answer, "Yes".

However if you asked me, "Do you believe that human activity is the major cause of the climate change we see today and must be altered on that account?" I would have to say, "I don't know", or "I doubt it is possible".

So much depends on the question asked. Of course and scientist worthy of the name has doubts about almost everything, so has to answer, "yes", to the loaded questions about human activity and climate change being bandied about. However, if one takes the time to dig deeper, I suspect many fewer than the numbers quoted are convinced that we can predict the effects of human activity and that we could determine a correct course of action if the answer came back, "yes".

On the ther hand, I doubt that anyone with eyes can doubt that pollution, erosion and resource depletion are real problems that we can and must deal with constantly.

I personally think that the entire global warming scare has been manufactured to deal with the political problems surrounding oil, gas, and coal supplies. These resources are concentrated in regions and the extraction and distribution distorts the world economy.

I doubt that the people of the world would gather around a practical movement to deal with that issue, but it has been proven time and again in religion and politics that people will rally around ideas that are vague, un-provable and ridiculous when viewed from afar.

The feature of the new alternate energy solutions is that they are distributed and not concentrated. Even if they are not as cheap at this point in time, the costs are predictable going into the future. They also tend to be less polluting in the long run and sustainable.

As we find we are requiring more and more energy to extract each barrel of oil (8:1 now compared to 35:1 return decades back) we find we are running more and more to stay in the same spot with petroleum, since the deposits get deeper and deeper and more and more remote, and less and less concentrated.

So, my take on the whole question is that we are being fed a fairy tale that is sufficiently incomprehensible, while being somewhat simple and believable, to direct us in a path to energy solutions that are less likely to wind up in wars, wild price fluctuations, depletion and scarcity.

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
 
Periods of snow  High -20C  Low -28C
Normals: Max: 3   C Min: -8C
Sunrise 0758  Sunset 1928

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I've been very active on BEE-L and less so on BeeSource.  What I'm increasingly realising is that no topic is ever completely settled.  The same topics keep coming up and the answers keep changing.  One exchange perhaps sheds some light on that matter: Why Most Published Research Findings Are False See also the original BEE-L article

There should be a master list of all the groups and individuals who are working on queen improvement, specifically disease resistance IMO.

So far, in Canada, I am aware of

* The Ontario project, - http://www.ontariobee.com/index.php?action=display&cat=53&v=74
* The B.C. project - http://www.bcbeekeepers.com/bcbba/
* The Saskatraz project - http://www.honeycouncil.ca/index.php/saskatchewan_beekeepers_saskatraz_report_2005
* More - http://cba.stonehavenlife.com/2008/10/new-bee-breeding-research-in-canada/

In the US.

* http://www.vpqueenbees.com/breeding.html
* http://www.russianbreeder.org/
* http://www.glenn-apiaries.com/
* http://www.purvisbrothersbees.com/
* http://www.oldsolenterprises.com/
* http://www.ziaqueenbees.com/
* http://www.beeweaver.com/
* http://www.californiabeecompany.com/

I am sure there must be many, many, more.

Let's compile a list.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
 
Periods of snow  High -20C  Low -28C
Normals: Max: 3   C Min: -8C
Sunrise 0751  Sunset 1930

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Hi Allen,

I really enjoy your website, especially your diary - glad to see it is active again!

I have been a long time lurker on the Bee-List and have been enjoying your comments on finding breeders that are demonstrating mite/disease resistance in their programme.

I raise all of our own queens, treating for mites only when levels reach thresholds and selecting queen mothers from the strongest hives the following spring of the top producers of the previous season.

Our wintering has improved, but would love to incorporate more disease resistance. I am a member of the Manitoba Queen Breeders Association maintained at the University of Manitoba by Dr. Rob Currie, but have also been trying to find other sources of queens with proven resistance. I have had no success in locating breeders able to ship to Canada or located in Canada. I would love to get my hands on a Glenn Apiaries breeder!

I have used a Russian from a Saskatchewan breeder and was marginally happy with the F1s. They were, however, subject to chalk brood. I also bought 25 queens a few years ago from [a former researcher] in Ontario as he claimed varroa resistance. They were horrible to say the least and customer service was not evident (he told me I was the first to put a deposit in and would get the first available queens and then later told me that he had sold out when I called to see why my queens hadn't arrived!).

Whether they were varroa resistant or not I can't say as they were so poor performing that we had to add feed during a honey flow! We are a small commercial operation (850 hives) and that sort of honey production was not acceptable regardless of pedigree. Hope you have success finding Queen breeders with successful resistance programmes. So far I have had no luck. Keep up the good work! Look forward to hearing more!

Cheers!

Mike

I'm still looking for more names for my listing of queen breeders and organizations that are producing varroa and disease resistant stocks with commercial qualities.  Please Write me with any addresses you might have.


Lee sent me the Alberta Apiary Job Descriptions that the Alberta Beekeepers Commission has developed.  These will be very useful.  The three downloadable descriptions are: Apiary Worker, Apiary Harvester, and Apiary Technician

Some time back, I wrote the Green Certificate course for training beekeepers.  This and each step to formalise the qualifications in our industry help us develop a worker pool.  Moreover, the existence of qualifications and contributes to confidence in the financing of potential buyers for bee operations when the time comes for owners to sell.

Downloads:

Apiary Worker | Apiary Harvester | Apiary Technician


 

Thursday, March 12th, 2009
 
  High -5C  Low -12C
Normals: Max:4   C Min: -8C
Sunrise 0754  Sunset 1931

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My mother turns 90 today.  Her sister is 95.  She is having a celebration with my sister and some friends tonight in Sudbury, and my brother, my family and I will meet her in Victoria in several weeks for another party.

Friday, March 13th, 2009
 
A mix of sun and cloud  High 8C  Low -3C
Normals: Max:4   C Min: -8C
Sunrise 0752  Sunset 1933

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Saturday, March 14th, 2009
 
A mix of sun and cloud  High 7C  Low -7C
Normals: Max:4   C Min: -8C
Sunrise 0750  Sunset 1933

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I'm glad you're taking on this project.  I'm in total agreement with you and am happy to help you in any way I can.  I've put together a map and a list of the suppliers of resistant stock that I know of.  You can find it at www.glenn-apiaries.com/queenproducers.html   There are also maps for VSH, Russian, and MN hygienics separately at www.glenn-apiaries.com/vsh.html www.glenn-apiaries.com/russian.html  and www.glenn-apiaries.com/minn.html . You may also be interested to see some distribution maps of VSH and MN Hygienic breeder queens at www.glenn-apiaries.com/mn_hygienic_maps.html  and www.glenn-apiaries.com/vsh_maps.html.  These last two include both commercial and non commercial queen breeders. 

As for resistant stock in Canada, I know Steve Pernal at Beaverlodge has a project going for which we sent up a lot of our stock last year.  So you might check with him about what his plans are. Also you might talk to Liz Huxter in BC, she is working with Steve.

We've found the resistant stocks to be working well. We haven't done routine treatments for about 8 years and have had very little problem.

We worked on the quonset again.  All the tape had come undone, and since we have a rib that is missing, we took the end hoop off in order to get some extra parts.  That reduces the length by 6 feet to 96 feet, but allows us to grip an undamaged portion of the tarp covering.  A bit of the end had come loose previously and was wind-whipped.  When the tape gave out, the whipping continued and a bit more damage had occurred.  The tarp concept works well as long as it is well-fastened.  I think we have had the building for over ten years now, and although the covering shows some wear, it should be good for another five.


I had written Tom Glenn a few days ago, and heard back today.  I realise now that I should have spent more time on his site.  The lists I have been thinking we need are already there in most part.

I think we need more detail on Canadian projects though, so I wrote Liz around the same time and just heard back.  She is offshore at present, but we'll maybe get the queen list going again when she gets back.  We need better communication among those working on resistant commercial stock in Canada. 

I saw the report on the BC project for last year and it does not look like much, but as always, there are always stories under the surface.  Our biggest problem in Canada is producing sufficient stock to meet demand at the time of year it is needed or to get beekeepers to alter their timing.

Most beekeepers now buy queens in May for splits, with lesser numbers in June and July.  Canadian producers have problems coming up with quantity earlier than June.  We did it when we raised queens, but it took a lot of resources the get the same good results that are so easy to get in swarming season, only a few weeks later

Some beekeepers do, indeed do later splits and make up increase for the next year, and that is where the Canadian queens become more practical.  Usually such splits are made with a frame with brood and bees and a second frame of bees, plus feed.  Such splits often make honey at the end of the season, and build to colonies that winter well, coming through with a young queen and a producing unit the next year.

Sunday, March 15th, 2009
 
Fog patches  High 0C  Low -12C
Normals: Max:4   C Min: -7C
Sunrise 0747  Sunset 1937

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I heard a crash and awoke at 1 AM from a sound sleep.  It sounded like a bag of garbage falling onto the floor.  I looked around and had a drink of water.  I figured the cat had knocked something over.  I then looked outside and saw nothing unusual except a light shining up the railway track and a red light that appeared to be in my neighbour's feedlot or up the tracks.  Strange, I thought and could not figure the cause.  There was no train on the siding, but maybe one had stopped up the tracks a ways? railway activity at night was not unusual.  I was awake, so checked email.  Then the trucks started congregating at the end of our driveway, and the emergency vehicles started showing up.  Soon there were about 15 vehicles and 40 people milling around on  our property across the road.  I realised that there had been an accident.

I wandered out to see if I could help, but there were more than enough people there, so I went in again.  Soon the Stars Air Ambulance came by, but left without landing.   That chopper means bad news because it does not come unless someone is very badly hurt.  Strobes were out on our railway pasture land, but later I heard that fog was closing in and they had to leave without landing.

Apparently a late model extended cab pickup truck with eight young people -- none wearing a seat belt -- had missed the curve and rolled on the way home from a party.  This morning I went out and my neighbour was looking over the mess.  They had towed the truck away by three AM and only a bit of debris was left. There were a few bottles, cans, some truck parts and several shoes plus some miscellaneous junk.

He told me that he and his son had heard the accident and been there first.  His son said he had heard the kids go by and they must have been flying.  From the looks of the tracks, they were in a four-wheel skid before the corner and when they launched off a hump the truck flew 50 or more feet before touching down and rolling several times.  One kid is in the hospital with serious back injuries and two others are quite serious.  The rest are OK, and some walked away.

We looked the site over and noticed the checkerboard sign that was once on the curve was nowhere in sight and the curve sign we recalled seeing farther back up the road was not there either, nor was there any indication that either sign had been in place recently.  Of course, living there, we never thought anything of it, or even missed them.  There never were any reflectorized posts marking the curve.  There was, though, a corporate limits sign and speed change to 60 KPH a quarter mile or more back.


Well, I'm fed up with BeeSource now.  I thought I'd found a real commercial beekeepers forum and guess what, the usual posers showed up with the usual load of horse manure.  Then some moderator started editing my posts so I don't recognise them.  I requested that if they don't like a post, please just delete the whole thing, but do not edit my writing to say what they wish it said.

Could be I'm just really touchy today.  Maybe that wreck is bothering me more than I think.  One of the kids mother came by this morning to look over the crash scene and knocked at our door and I think it affected me.  A lot.


What is a commercial beekeeper?  To me a commercial beekeeper is someone who makes a living from the bees and produces bees, honey, pollen, or pollination in significant quantities and has no other major business activities.  I figure that 500 hives is the cut-off, but maybe I have to compromise.  Queen producers can be pretty busy with less.

Are sideliners commercial beekeepers?  Maybe within the strictest limits, but until they cut the cord, they are not IMO real members of that very exclusive club.  The psychology is different even for serious crofters and weekenders, compared to real hardcore full-time beekeepers.  As for the posers...  Well, we've had too many of those "leading" our industry and often working against the interests of the best and the brightest and operating from fear and imaginings.


At least BEE-L is running smoothly and on a high plane. Touch wood. We've had some really good comments on BEE-L, with discussion between Bob and others on the question of why many U.S. commercial beekeepers do not seem to be getting with the program when it comes to resistant bees. he says some treat four times a year! How can that be sensible? The thread is here.

On BEE-L, a moderator can refuse or accept a post, but not change it.  After years of wondering, I'm realizing what a good thing that is.


We had company for lunch.  Kate and Dave and their kids and Doreen, Kate's Mom came by and spent the afternoon.  Of course we went out and walked around the crash scene.

After they left, a young cop came by to measure up the site.  He had been out the night before and had pictures, but needed more detail.  He was very young and very nice.  We hear some bad things about Mounties from time to time, but every time I meet one, they seem very professional and caring.  We had a chat about the missing sign(s).  He seemed quite moved by the accident and concerned about the victims. 

I guess everyone feels the same.  We have one of these wrecks with local kids involved every year, it seems, and in the country everyone knows everyone.  There are a million people in Calgary and Edmonton, all within a twenty-mile radius and I hardly know more than a few dozen, but somehow, I know hundreds of country people scattered all over Alberta. 

The kids were from small towns and farms ten miles away or more, but all the names were familiar.  I know their parents or grandparents, or know of them.  One year we had one of these incidents, with a fatality right in the middle of extracting and my young crew was no good for anything for over week from grief.

Monday, March 16th, 2009
 
Chance of flurries  High -1C  Low -18C
Normals: Max:5   C Min: -7C
Sunrise 0745  Sunset 1938

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Subject: Canadian Honey Council asking for $50 million

The Canadian Honey Council is asking for $50 million for disaster relief from the government after another year of bee losses across the country.

In Canada, the average loss of hives was 33 per cent last year. Some areas, like Peace River in Alberta and Vancouver, lost 70 per cent of hives this past winter.

President of the honey council and owner of Planet Bee in Vernon, Ed Nowek, wants solutions.

"If you can imagine someone losing 70 per cent of their livelihood," said Nowek, "it's not just the loss of the bees, but also the income of those bees. Then the cost of replacing them, which can be insurmountable for some people if you don't have bees to generate the income."

Last year Planet Bee had losses of more than 50 per cent, and this year his losses were 15 per cent.

"There has been two years now of way over average losses," he said.

It was a similar story at Stawn's Honey. They lost 25 per cent this year, which is better than half their population like in 2007, but the trend still leaves part-owner Kristy Anderson worried.

"We didn't lose as much, but still have losses," said Anderson, "but that is normal for everyone now."

Anderson knows a beekeeper who had 500 hives, and lost everything this year.

She has seen beekeepers selling their businesses because of losses, and it takes constant monitoring and money to keep their bees healthy.

"People are just getting discouraged, and many of the people in this business are older and it is really hard work to keep up," she said.

"We have a project called Hive Health that we want government funding for," said Nowek. "We need government help bad, so in addition to our $50 million disaster relief, we are asking for $10 million over five years to fund this Hive Health initiative."

Source: vernonmorningstar.com

After I went to bed last night I realised how much the wreck had affected me.  I realised that I had been upset all day.

Add to that the fact that I have been slightly depressed since fall, and ...  I'm just not cut out to spend winters in the cold and dark.  Somehow I thought that I would save a few dollars and stay home more this winter, but all I learned is that going south in January has been saving my sanity.

I'm off to Victoria for a few weeks soon, and then the Caribbean to sail back to Buffalo, assuming I follow thru.


We worked on the quonset a bit more today and celebrated St. Urho's Day


 

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
St Patrick's Day & Jean's Birthday
 
Chance of flurries  High -3C  Low -20C
Normals: Max: 5   C Min: -7C
Sunrise 0742  Sunset 1940

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My neighbour and I had noticed the morning after the wreck that the curve sign and the checkerboard signs were nowhere to be seen on the curve.  I had mentioned it to the Mountie, and assumed he would report. Today, I thought I'd give the County sign person a call and see.  She had not heard that these signs are missing.  I'm sure they will remedy the problem PDQ.

Ellen & I drove up to Jean's in the afternoon and had a supper party with Jean and family, then stayed the night.

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
 
Chance of flurries  High -1C  Low -12C
Normals: Max: 5   C Min: -7C
Sunrise 0740  Sunset 1942

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This morning, we got up, visited a while and headed home, getting groceries along the way.  When we arrived back home, I had half expected that there would be some signs up to mark the curve.  Nope.  So I drove up the road and took a few pictures.  It turns out that the curve was a perfect trap for anyone who had a slight distraction and missed the speed reduction.  Take a drive with me.

Click any image to enlarge

0 km - 0 sec
Road appears straight to the horizon. 

0.1 km - 4 sec
Same.

0.3 km - 11 sec
Still looks fine.  Maybe a narrow spot far ahead?

0.4 km - 15 sec
What's that?
Where's the road?
Hit the brakes!

0.6 km - 22 sec
Skid begins.

0.9 km - 33 sec
Off the edge.

Two speed reduction signs and a corporate limits sign pass by close together at right in the first and second frame. 
Blink and you'll miss them.  There are no further signs or markings.

All this, from first hint to ditch takes seconds., and this view is shown in daylight.  Imagine it at night with distractions in the truck and lights coming down the hill two miles away.  At night those cars coming down the hill a mile or two more away (after the road straightens again) appear to be close and approaching directly on what seems to be a continuous straight road.  I often dim for them.  One would not see the curve, even at 0.4 km from the town limit signs in the dark.  There is no white line and no marker posts and no checkerboard -- and no curve sign!

At 100 KPH, 1.66 km goes by each minute or 27 m/second. That means each 0.1 km takes a little under 4 seconds.  Some people drive faster, some slower or the open road.


I'm about to head out for a trip and decided to check my car over.  The engine has been stumbling a bit when cold and the fuel economy has been dropping off a bit.  I suspected the mass air flow sensor (right), so cleaned it today with brake cleaner and a soft brush.  What a difference!

I also started hearing noise from the rear brakes, and so I pulled a wheel.  I'd forgotten I have four-wheel disk brakes.  I hardly use them and the back brake rotors rusted, then glazed.  They work OK, and braking is good, but I have grown cautious and think I'd better change the pads and rotors.  We'll see.

Thursday, March 19th, 2009
 
Cloudy with sunny periods  High 6C  Low -10C
Normals: Max: 5   C Min: -7C
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I'm working on the car today.  I ordered the rear brake parts and gave Matt a call.  I plan to get the quonset tied down better later today when it warms up enough that hopefully the side rail that is frozen into the ground will thaw enough that it will rotate so I can put the rib back in.

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
WINTER STORM WARNING CONTINUED
 
Snow  High 1C  Low -10C
Normals: Max: 6   C Min: -6C
Sunrise 0731 0 Sunset 1949

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Today: Snow ending late this afternoon then cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Local blowing snow this afternoon. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High plus 1.

Tonight: Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries this evening. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light near midnight. Low minus 10.

 

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