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
No advisories, watches, or warnings.
Dry, calm, and rather pleasant conditions are anticipated for the early portion of the week. Both Monday and Tuesday will start with some patchy low clouds/fog, albeit less prevalent Tuesday morning, giving way to clearing by the midday and afternoon hours. Temperatures start a warming trend into the middle of the week as well. Winds remain fairly tame. We'll start out today with temperatures reaching into the low to mid 60s, then mid to upper 60s tomorrow. Lows tonight will drop to the mid-30s. On Wednesday the region gets brushed by a weak upper level disturbance during the afternoon and evening resulting in at least an off chance for a light shower or sprinkle; mostly dry weather. Back to completely dry weather Thursday and Friday. The next chance for precipitation may arrive Friday evening/night into Saturday. Temperatures peak on Wednesday and Thursday, decreasing Friday through Sunday.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding.
High pressure will remain offshore with lower pressure east of the Cascades through much of the week. WIND: Today: W wind 5-15 knots easing to 10 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2' or less. Tonight: SW wind 10-20 knots. Wind waves 1-3'. Tomorrow: SE wind to 10 knots becoming @ in the afte3rnoon. Wind waves 1' or less. Tomorrow Night: S wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less.
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.
These Daily Briefings on Incidents, Advisories, Watches and Warnings, current weather and Emergency Management tips are published Monday through Friday, as well as during times of increased awareness or actual events.