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 June 21, 2021
Environment Canada has issued a "Strong Wind Warning" and a "Waterspout Watch" tor today, tonight, and tomorrow: Wind northwest 15-20 knots diminishing to northwest 10-15 knots this morning then increasing to northwest 15-20 knots early this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 15-25 knots early this evening then becoming northwest 15-20 knots overnight. Wind diminishing to northwest 10-15 Thursday morning then increasing to northwest 15-25 knots Thursday evening.
Scattered showers are in the forecast for today. As we get later into the day, the shower activity should begin to lessen and mostly dry conditions should exist for tonight. Temperatures will be pretty similar to the previous day's with values not too far from the seasonal norm, just slightly below. So expect highs in the upper 50's and lows in the low 40s. Winds will be from the west today in the 5-15 mph range and then light this evening. Mostly dry conditions look to set up Thursday, Friday, and into the weekend. Afternoon highs are to increase throughout the week, possibly topping out several degrees above average by Saturday. Then, things look to cool down a bit on Sunday with a potential return for showers.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding.
Onshore flow will continue through the weekend with high pressure offshore and lower pressure inland. WINDS: Today: W 10-20 knots becoming 5-15 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: NW wind 10-20 knots becoming W 5-15 knots after midnight. Wind waves 1-3'. Tomorrow: NW wind 10-20 knots. Wind waves 1-3'. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
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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