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
A "Small Craft Advisory" will be in effect from 6:00pm this evening until 2:00am Saturday morning for west winds 15-25 knots.
Showers look to continue before gradually tapering off as the night hours arrive. Some showers can be quite heavy. Can't rule out a couple rumbles of thunder as well. Daytime temps will weigh on the cooler side, topping out nearly 10 degrees below average for early May; expect low to mid-50s in most of the lower areas of the county. Sunday we should bounce back a bit to the low 60s and then add a few degrees on Monday and Tuesday. Higher elevations will be cooler yet. We also could have some gusty wind today and early this evening from the SW in the 20-25 mph range . Pt. Roberts could see those gust winds continue into tomorrow as well. As Saturday comes around, conditions look to dry out a bit but there could be a stray shower or two lingering around out there. Temperatures will begin warming during this time. Conditions should remain mostly dry well into the middle of the week. ine. The next best chance of rain looks to arrive in the second half of the week but as of now models aren't in the best of agreement.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding.
Varying degrees of onshore flow will continue through the first part of next week. WIND: Today: W wind 5-15 knots becoming 10-20 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 1-3'. A chance of showers in the morning then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Tonight: W wind 15-25 knots easing to 10-20 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2-4'. A slight chance of showers. Tomorrow: SW wind 5-15 knots. Wind wages 2' or less. A slight chance of showers in the morning then a chance of showers in the afternoon. Tomorrow Night: SW wind 10-20 knots becoming W 5-15 knots after midnight. Wind waves 1-3'. Sunday: Light wind becoming W to 10 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 1' or less. Sunday Night: W wind to 10 knots. Wind waves 1' 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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