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.
Mostly dry conditions across the region tonight but that may slightly change as clouds are expected to spill in. A minor threat for a stray light shower/drizzle is in the forecast for Wednesday before noon however it won't be a day-long event. The activity will then taper off shortly after allowing the return of dry weather during the second half of the day into Thursday. Winds should remain generally light throughout the period with some marine low clouds and patchy fog overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning. Highs today will be in the low to mid-60s with lows tonight once again dropping into the 40s.
Dry weather will continue through the rest of the workweek, and likely through the weekend as well. The next chances of rain should hold off until later on Monday. Temperatures look to embark on a slight warming trend. Winds remain generally light. Expect the temperatures to reach the mid to upper 60s beginning tomorrow and Friday.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding.
A weak frontal boundary will brush the area today,. Then, for the rest of the week high pressure will remain offshore with lower pressure east of the Cascades. WIND: Today: S wind to 10 knots becoming W in the afternoon. Wind waves 1' or less. A chance of rain in the morning then a slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Tonight: SW wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less. Tomorrow: NW wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less. Tomorrow Night: SW wind 5-15 knots becoming W 10-20 knots after midnight. 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.
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