For those beekeepers with a more scientific bent it is possible to make a simple and cheap hive weight measuring tool. Total investment is about $15 and a little of your time and labor.
First purchase a digital luggage scale. These are inexpensive; $9 to $15. The one shown here was $9. It will measure up to a maximum of 110 pounds (50 kg).
If you have a strong back and strong arms you can simply attach the scale via a canvas or nylon web strap beneath the landing platform on the hive. Then lift the scale until the front of the hive starts to lift. Based on a few mechanical calculations the scale should read a minimum of about 59 pounds. The rear of the hive is supporting the remainder of the 130 pounds.
By building a simple lever mechanism you can make the task much less stressful. I slightly modified a short length of 2X4 to hold the scale. Then using a gas can ( or box, etc.) as a pivot point I can easily raise the hive by lightly pressing on the end of the 2X4 while watching the digital readout. 59 pounds is still the minimum weight required.
2X4 modified to hold the scale.
Scale in place.
2X4, scale and nylon web strap which is looped around the landing board.
Gas can pivot. Nylon webbing looped around the end of the landing board. NOTE: I didn't have a hive in my garage so I just used a top feeder to demonstrate the idea.
After varroa and viruses, starvation is probably the next most common cause of winter hive losses. An ounce of prevention saves buying a new $120 package.