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.
Our private weather service is saying that we can expect breezy to gusty winds expected later Friday night. Gusts up to 30-35 mph possible, mainly for Bellingham.
The National Weather Service has posted Gale Warnings for the region.
Environment Canada has posted a Strong wind warning through Saturday for the marine waters with wind southeast 10 to 20 knots increasing to southeast 20 to 25 early this morning and to southeast 25 to 30 near noon. Wind diminishing to northwest 15 Saturday evening.
Rain will continue at times tonight and into Friday morning-afternoon. These features will decrease towards evening on Friday but redevelops and maintains overnight. The activity will begin to show signs of sputtering on Saturday as rainfall totals begin to decrease but still enough to dampen surfaces. Breezy conditions are likely throughout the period but are unlikely to be hazardous. A more potent disturbance is on track to bring widespread rainfall and breezy winds for all of Saturday night through Sunday. A few showers could linger on Monday before drying out totally on Tuesday but more rainfall is on the horizon come midweek. 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 slow moving frontal system over the northern coastal waters today will move slowly ashore over the weekend. Weak high pressure will shift over the region on Monday. Winds will be SE wind 15 to 20 kt. Wind waves 2 or 3 ft. Rain. Tonight SE wind 25 to 35 kt. Wind waves 3 to 6 ft. Rain in the evening then rain likely after midnight. Saturday we should see S wind 25 to 35 kt. Wind waves 3 to 6 ft. A chance of rain. Winds will deminish over Sunday and look to be light on Monday.
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.