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.
Dry weather has settled across the region and is here to stay throughout the near term. To replace rainfall chances however is the possibility for marine low stratus clouds and areas of fog developing overnight into the morning on Thursday. As the hours progress, those features should eventually burn off giving way to partly sunny skies. Thursday night into Friday could be a close rinse and repeat with less cloud coverage. Daytime temps are to embark on a slight warming trend. Look for highs today around 70 degrees with lows tonight dropping into the upper 40s. Tomorrow will be a degree or two warmer with lows about the same. Point Roberts looks to see some robust wind gusts on Friday night into Saturday from the northwest reaching 30 mph or a little stronger. Dry weather will continue on through the weekend with warm temperatures. The next chances for rain should hold off until Tuesday. Temperatures will begin to cool down onward as well.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding.
High pressure will remain offshore through the rest of the week resulting in onshore flow. The next weather system is expected to move through the area waters towards the middle of next week. WIND: Today: NW wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less. Tonight: W wind 5-15 knots becoming 10-20 knots after midnight. Wind waves 1-3'. Tomorrow: NW wind 10-20 knots. Wind waves 1-3'. Tomorrow Night: NW wind 10-20 knots. 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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