With the recent severe weather in upstate New York, thunderstorms and even a tornado watch, placement of the hives has been extremely important. Southern exposure to get the bees moving in the morning and having the longest sun-time is important, but what I found saved our hives from extreme winds last night was the garage acting as a barricade. I peaked out the window to check for the bees well-being and couldn’t see much with the torrential down pour. I had to wait for the storm to mellow out before venturing to the garden where we have our bees. The hives were unscathed. Thankfully.
What stuck out to me when researching placement for my hives was that urban beekeepers seem to place their supers by fencing- probably for lack of space, but none the less, putting our hives near the garage really helped with the wind and rain. My hives, and therefore bees, remained intact and unharmed because they were shielded from the elements. This is exactly what a house should do. The bees have adjusted well to their home.