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.
The National Weather Service is calling for partly sunny skies today with mostly cloudy skies overnight. Temperatures will be moderate ranging from the upper 40s in the Newhalem area to mid to upper 50s for most other locations in Whatcom County. Winds will be light from a southerly direction along the coast and variable in the interior parts of the county. Lows tonight will range from the upper 30s to lower 40s and there will be mostly cloudy skies. Tomorrow will once again be mostly sunny with highs a few degrees warmer than today. Winds will again be on the lighter side. Tomorrow night temperatures will also be a few degrees warmer than Mondays as more clouds move into the area and bring a slight chance of rain to the area. Point Roberts could see wind gusts to 20 mph or so as a front begins to impact the area. Wednesday will definitely bring rain to the area (90% chance according to the National Weather Service) and more wind. Point Roberts could see gusts near 40mph with other coastal areas around 20mph; lower velocity winds will affect the interior parts of the county. Temperatures will remain about the same as Tuesday.
Rivers and Streams
The Nooksack continues to recede from this past weekends wet weather and will continue to do so for the next couple of days. At that point the runoff from the next storm system will start to drain into the system and cause the river to rise once again. Several weather systems will drop precipitation over the next 10 days causing the river to rise a little higher than the previous storm. None of them will cause the river to exceed the banks but you will definitely see they are running higher. If you're planning any activity on or near the river, maintain situational awareness so you're not caught off guard by a rising river.
Weak high pressure will shift over the region today for drier conditions and lighter winds. A second weakening frontal system will move through the area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. A third, stronger front will move through the area Thursday and Thursday night. Additional Systems for the weekend. Winds. Today: NW wind to 10 knots. Wind waves 1' or less. Tonight: SE wind to 10 knots becoming. Wind waves 1' or less. Tomorrow: E wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less. Tomorrow Night: E wind to 10 knots rising to 15-25 knots after midnight. Wind waves 1' or less building to 2-4' after midnight. Currently, there are no advisories, watches or warnings; however, as winds increase to the 15-25 knots ranges or higher, you can expect the NWS to issue the appropriate notice at some point.
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.