COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic until at least May 21, 2021
A "Small Craft Advisory" will be in effect from 6:00pm this evening until 2:00am Friday morning for west winds 15-25 knots.
Environment Canada has issued a "Strong Wind Warning" for the Strait of Georgia - South of Nanaimo. Wind variable 5-15 knots increasing to southeast 15-20 knots this morning then veering to southwest 15-25 knots late this afternoon. Wind diminishing to southwest 10-15 knots this evening and to light Friday morning. Wind becoming northwest 10-15 knots Friday evening.
The return of widespread rainfall and showers is in the forecast for Thursday but before we get there, dry conditions are in store for tonight with high clouds. The main event is on track to make its entrance during the afternoon on Thursday with steady rain. Rainfall is expected to break into showers overnight and into Friday with most of the action remaining on the lighter side. Friday will also bring well below average daytime temperatures and possibly a few rumbles of thunder. Temperatures today should still climb into the mid 60s but there will be steady winds of 15-25 mph with gusts 30-35 mph from the South/Southwest. These winds should begin dying down this evening. Lows tonight will be in the mid-40s. Tomorrow's high will only be in the 50s and we'll still have a Southwest wind in the 5-20 mph range. Looking at higher elevations such as Newhalem, expect the lows to still dip into the mid 30s.
Showers may linger throughout the weekend before drying out completely into the beginning of the week. Temperatures will also gradually increase to around seasonal average during this time.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding.
A front will reach the coast this afternoon and move inland later this afternoon. Increasing onshore flow behind the front tonight. Low level onshore flow continuing through the weekend. WIND: Today: S wind 5-15 knots becoming 10-20 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 1-3'. A slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Tonight: SW wind 15-25 knots becoming W 10-20 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2-4'. Showers likely in the evening then a chance of showers after midnight. Tomorrow: W wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less. A chance of showers. Tomorrow Night: W wind 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4'. Note: Look for a "Small Craft Advisory" to be issued for those periods when wind reaches 15-25 knot wind thresholds.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
May is Volcano Preparedness Month in Washington, providing residents an opportunity to become more familiar with our own Mount Baker, and the volcanic risk to our communities.
How can you prepare for a volcanic eruption?
The active Cascade volcanoes, including our own Mount Baker, that make our state so beautiful could erupt sometime in the future. How can you prepare for a volcanic eruption? How will you react if one of Washington’s volcanoes erupts?
Volcano preparedness month is a time to inform yourself about volcanic hazards and to plan to keep you and your family safe in case of a volcanic eruption or lahar (volcanic mudflow). To learn about lahars, how to stay safe from ashfall, and how to get information in case of an eruption you can download our Disaster Preparedness Guide. (https://mil.wa.gov/asset/5ba4202c2b79d) In addition to volcanic hazards, this Guide will help you prepare your home for other potential risks we face here in Whatcom County.
Be ready for the next volcanic event.
There will be some indication that a volcano may erupt, but the time between the earliest indications of unrest and eruptive activity might be short, from days to weeks or months. The United States Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program and its monitoring partners work to detect the earliest signals of volcanic unrest to forewarn communities at-risk and provide time for officials to activate emergency response plans and mitigation measures that can save lives and protect property. Because eruptions typically go through episodic cycles of increased activity and relative quiet after they begin, Volcano Hazards Program scientists monitor volcanic behavior very closely to determine when it is safe to declare an eruption is over. In some cases, like in Hawaii, eruptions can continue for several tens of years
You can also contact the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management at 360.676.6681 for additional information.
Washington State residents are directed to wear a face covering while at any indoor public space and any outdoor public space where you may be within 6 feet of someone who does not live with you. You can find more info about face coverings and other protective actions on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.
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