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.
The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. Information about Whatcom County’s response to COVID-19 is available at the Joint Information Center’s COVID-19 website.
The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic. The move delays the border’s reopening by another 30 days, until at least June 21. This includes both vehicular traffic as well as recreational boating between the countries.
Whatcom County is in Phase 2 of the Washington Safe Start Plan. Simplistically, social distancing, the mask directive and groups of 5 or less are the guidelines of Phase 2. More info about Phase 2 in Whatcom County can be found here.
Advisories, Watches and Warnings:
There are no advisories, watches, or warnings at this time.
Whatcom County Weather
Dry conditions are expected this afternoon and tonight. Clouds are to increase in the late afternoon, decrease in the evening, then increase again late tonight. Mainly gentle winds are expected. A weak disturbance should trigger occasional showers across the area early Thursday morning. Showers end across the lowlands by midday, tapering off in the foothills and mountains during the afternoon. Some clearing is expected for the second half of the day. Dry conditions are expected Thursday night and some high clouds filter into the area. Mainly gentle winds Thursday become light Thursday night.
Coastal Weather for Whatcom County
For the Coastal and Inland waters of Whatcom County, we can expect southeasterly wind to 10 knots becoming southerly 5 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves should be 2 feet or less. Tonight, the winds should shift westerly 5 to 15 knots, becoming southwesterly to 10 knots after midnight, with wind waves 2 feet or less.
Tides at Cherry Point for the next two days:
Here are a few emergency management reminders:
COVID-19: Everyone in Whatcom County is directed to wear a face covering while at any indoor or 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 here.
Landslide Preparedness: Become familiar with the land around where you live and work so that you understand your risk in different situations. If you are near a stream or channel, be alert for any sudden increase or decrease in water flow and notice whether the water changes from clear to muddy. Such changes may mean there is debris flow activity upstream so be prepared to move quickly. Seek the advice of a geotechnical expert for evaluating landslide hazards or designing corrective techniques to reduce landslide risk. A professional will be able to advise you of the best ways to prevent or reduce landslide risk without creating further hazard.
Stay informed by signing up for emergency text and alert messages from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Alert link on the county website. Finally, don’t forget to create an emergency kit.
"Procrastination is the foundation of all disasters." - Pandora Poikilo
This briefing line is not updated on weekends unless an incident occurs.