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Advisories, Watches and Warnings:

A “Gale Watch” has been issued for the Northern Inland Waters including the San Juan Islands from late tonight through Tuesday morning for winds from the southeast at 25-35 knots with wind waves of four to six feet.

Whatcom County Weather

As things stand right now, Thursday is the only day this work week where the sun is expected to shine most of the day but higher elevations will be only partly sunny. The rest of the time we’re going to see showers or rain. The higher elevations could see one to two inches of rain on Tuesday. Temperatures will also remain cooler throughout the week with some low 40s near the ski area. We can expect higher winds tonight through tomorrow night as the next system arrives. The forecast looks like this. Showers will continue today and into tonight. High temperatures will ber in the mid 60s. Winds will remain under 15 mph from a south/southeast direction. Lows tonight will be in the low to mid 50s with winds shifting slightly more to the south and increasing in the Bellingham area to 16-21 mph with gusts to 26 mph. Tomorrow temperatures will remain about the same but winds with continue to increase to around 23 mph with gusts to 36 mph in Bellingham and slightly less in northern areas of the county.

The Nooksack River did see more runoff than was originally expected. Ferndale saw the largest spike in the Nooksack but it is now dropping fairly rapidly. The forecast is that it will continue to drop before coming back up a little on Wednesday and Thursday. Actual rainfall could alter the actual increases so if you are going to be on or around the river keep your guard up for rapid changes and take appropriate action.

Coastal Weather for Lummi Nation, Birch Bay, Lummi Island, Strait of Georgia, Pt. Roberts, Bellingham, and Blaine 

For Coastal Whatcom County, winds today will be from the south at 10 knots with one foot wind waves. Tonight expect a continuous increase in the winds from 5-15 knots to 15-25 knots and wind waves of two to four feet. After midnight winds are expect to reach 25-35 knots which would put them in gale force winds and the reason for the gale watch issued for tonight. Don’t go out on the water until you have checked Marine weather for any changes which could come rapidly and then monitor it while you are on the water.

High tide at Cherry Point for the next few days looks like this:

Today, there will be a high tide at 7:38 pm and it will be  8.2’

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 8:09 am – 7.4’ and 7:58 pm – 8.1’

Wednesday, September 18, 2019:  9:02 am – 7.4’ and 8:19 pm – 7.9’

Thursday, September 19, 2019:  10:01 am – 7.4’ and 8:40 pm – 7.7’

Friday, September 20, 2019:  11:09 am – 7.4’ and 9:05 pm – 7.6’

Emergency Preparedness

As we are starting to see more precipitation fall, preparing your vehicle for bad weather now is a great idea. Know what the law says about driving in inclement weather such as having your headlights on. Heavy rain can lead to standing water on the roadways, hydroplaning, and loss of vehicle control. Slow down so your tires remain in contact with the road. This was evident over the weekend with heavy rain in some areas.

And remember, with burn restrictions lifted for unincorporated Whatcom County, you must still call the burn line at (360) 778-5903 for verbal burn permits for fires 4’ X 4’ or less or acquire a written permit for larger fires. All outdoor burning requires a permit, except for legal recreational fires. Additionally, if your property is located within WCFD 5 Point Roberts, WCFD 11 – Lummi Island, or WCFD 17 – Sandy Point, you must check with those districts to find out if outdoor burning restrictions have been lifted for those areas. There are also land management agencies that do not fall under the authority of the Whatcom County Fire Marshal such as Washington State Parks or the Department of Natural Resources, you must check with that agency regarding fire.

Remember, think safety and be prepared!  This hotline is not updated on weekends or holidays unless an incident occurs.

Contact: Wallace Kost, 360.778.7165, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management