Welcome aboard and best luck (thanks Brendhan) with the ist of other members in your area. You will find though that MUCH of the US and even lots of the World have similar climates and similar issues so questions and concerns are often more common than you may think.
Glaad to have you and ALL THE NEW MEMBERS with us - It is always a pleasure to meet and get to know new people here in the World's Greatest Little Beekeeping Forum
Being ranked No.1 (humbly speaking of course) on Google and Yahoo really helps people find the forums, especially now that we have this dreaded CCD to deal with.
I wish you the best of Beekeeping in 2007 and beyond.