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 for our area.
We'll see dry weather hold through Monday morning although clouds will be increasing and thickening ahead of the next weather disturbance. A fairly weak area of light rain moves in midday and continues sporadically into the evening before breaking to showers. This activity slowly decreases the latter half of Monday night. Overall Tuesday is looking drier, especially in the afternoon. However there'll still be a chance for a lingering shower or sprinkle during the morning hours. Temperatures today will reach into the mid 50s with lows tonight in the mid-40s. Tomorrow, expect temperatures near 60 degrees and lows tomorrow night will be in the low to mid-50s. Winds will be relatively light in the 5-15 mph range from a southerly direction.
The region experiences dry conditions accompanied by a very abrupt warm-up on Wednesday with daytime high temperatures in the 70s for most spots. Unfortunately this pleasant and warm weather is short lived. Our next weather disturbance races in from the SW Thursday morning sparking ample shower activity and ushering us back into a fairly unsettled weather pattern. Rain and showers continue at times into Friday through the weekend with at least an off chance for a daytime T-storm mixed in there as well.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding.
A weak front will push onshore today. High pressure returns Tuesday and early Wednesday, but a stronger front and associated lw reach the coastal waters Wednesday night into Thursday. A third system will reach the area on Friday. WIND: Today: S wind 5-15 knots becoming 10 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2' or less. A chance of rain. Tonight: SE wind to 10 knots becoming SW 10-20 knots after midnight. Wind waves 1' or less building to 1-3' after midnight. A slight chance of rain in the evening. Tomorrow: W wind 10-20 knots becoming5-15 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 1-3'.
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.