On August 18th, Governor Inslee ordered a statewide mask mandate. Please see the Governor's website at the following URL: https://www.governor.wa.gov/
COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect.
The U.S. has extended an order closing the shared border to nonessential traffic until at least October 21, 2021. Canada allows fully vaccinated Americans to visit Canada however, there are several additional requirements you need to be aware of. See Canada Border Services Agency for additional requirements: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/gbi-rgf-eng.html.
Dry conditions are expected Monday afternoon, Monday night, and Tuesday. Temperatures will be chilly tonight and especially Monday night with some spots dipping down near freezing, but road temperatures should remain above freezing, even more prone spots like bridges and elevated roads. Light rain returns early Tuesday evening and will continues through the evening hours before breaking up into showers overnight. Showers linger through Wednesday morning before conditions dry out Wednesday afternoon. Dry weather continues Wednesday night and Thursday morning, but off/on rain is expected to return on Thursday afternoon and continue through Thursday night and Friday.
Rivers and Streams
Things remain pretty much the same. There is some increase in water levels, but all of the increased levels are well below the banks so no chance of flooding except for small streams which could overflow their banks due to blockage or sudden downpour. If encountering such a situation, turn around and find an alternate route. Loss of 10 minutes of time is a much better option than attempting to cross a stream and becoming stranded, or worse.
A front will reach the coastal waters this afternoon. The front will weaken as it moves over the inland waters tonight. A weak warm front will brush the area Thursday and a weak cold front will arrive late Friday. A stronger system is likely over the weekend. For Tuesday, SE wind 5 to 15 kt rising to 15 to 25 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less building to 2 to 4 ft in the afternoon. A chance of rain in the afternoon and Tuesday night we may see SE wind 20 to 30 kt becoming S 15 to 25 kt after midnight. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
While this is a great time of year, everyone needs to be prepared in the event they find that their planned weekend in the woods does not go the way they intended, and here are a few tips:
Back Country Medical Kit
You definitely need to carry a first aid kit, and for most people and most injuries the following is a good place to start when you are going out in the back country even for a day. There are lots of good sources on the Internet to find kits but the following list is primarily centered around patching cuts and cleaning wounds in an emergency:
Back Country Preparedness Kit
As with your first aid kit, there are lots of good sources on the Internet to find kits and the following suggestions are a good place to start, especially if you are going into the foothills and mountains in our area:
Both the medical and preparedness items listed here are considered to be the minimum a person should take with them. They are not intended to be the only things or to suggest that you do not need anything else. You can find good information locally at:
Information concerning face coverings and other protective actions can be found on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.
These Daily Briefings on Incidents, Advisories, Watches and Warnings, current weather and Emergency Management tips are published Monday through Friday, as well as during times of increased awareness or actual events.