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.
UPDATE: The U.S. side of the Canadian border will open to vaccinated Canadians starting in early November (https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/12/secretary-mayorkas-allow-fully-vaccinated-travelers-canada-and-mexico-enter-us-land#), however until the official date is announced, the U.S. border remains closed to nonessential traffic. 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.
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT for our marine waters.
Environment Canada has posted a Strong wind warning through Friday for the marine waters with wind southeast 15 to 20 knots diminishing to southeast 10 to 15 early this morning then increasing to southeast 15 to 20 this evening. Wind increasing to southeast 20 to 25 Friday morning.
A regime of showers is slated to enter tonight and maintain into Thursday. The bulk of the rain totals will remain along the confines of the Cascades allowing the local area to see generally light amounts. Day time highs will also show signs rising modestly but still below average for mid-October. Showers are likely and even increase to steadier rain for Thursday night as well and it won't just end there. A subtle disturbance will continue to spill overcast skies and rain into the area on Friday as the pattern remains active. Guidance has rainfall retreating on Saturday but it will only clear the runway for the next system. A more potent disturbance is on deck to bring widespread rainfall and breezy winds for all of Sunday. A few showers could linger on Monday before drying out totally on Tuesday. Temperatures look to increase over the weekend before cooling back off to start the next week.
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 weak warm front will brush the area this morning, seas in the outer Coastal Waters remain around 10 feet. Winds will be picking up late tonight as a cold front approaches. Today winds should be SE 10 to 20 kt becoming 5 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. A chance of rain. Tonight S wind to 10 kt becoming SE 10 to 20 kt after midnight. Wind waves 1 ft or less building to 1 to 3 ft after midnight. A chance of showers in the evening then rain after midnight. Friday we should see SE wind 10 to 20 kt rising to 15 to 25 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. Rain in the morning then rain likely in the afternoon.
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.