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.
Mostly dry conditions should be with us today although there is some drizzle that will fall from time to time. Temps are expected to rebound a bit compared to Monday as clouds break up allowing periods of sunshine. Conditions are to remain dry overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday but high to mid level clouds will gradually spill in ahead of the next disturbance. Daytime temps will continue to increase to their highest values of the week for Wednesday. Today will be near 60 with tomorrow topping out at or slightly above 70 before falling back to normal daytime high ins the 50s to around 60.
The next system will come into play on Thursday bringing another shot of widespread rainfall. Light rain and showers look to persist into Friday before gradually drying out throughout the weekend. Temps will cool down a bit but warm up into the beginning of next week. The wind throughout this entire period will remain 15mph or less but the direction will switch between S/SW and NW on Wednesday.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding.
Onshore flow today with high pressure building over area waters. Flow will temporarily turn offshore late tonight through Wednesday before turning onshore again with the approach of a stronger frontal system Thursday. Advisory level conditions expected at time across all waters Thursday through the weekend. WIND: Today: W wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less. Tonight: SW wind to 10 knots becoming SE after midnight. Wind waves 2' or less. Tomorrow: NE wind to 10 knots becoming SE 5-15 nots after midnight. 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.
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