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.
A "Small Craft Advisory" has been issue3d for the Northern Inland Waters including the San Juan Islands from 6:00am Wednesday morning until 6:00pm Wednesday evening for southeast winds 15-30 knots.
Environment Canada has issued a "Strong Wind Warning" for the Strait of Georgia-South of Nanaimo. Wind light becoming southeast 5-15 knots this morning then becoming light near noon. wind increasing to southeast 15-35 knots Wednesday morning then becoming southeast 15 knots Wednesday evening.
if you have any outdoor activities that requires dry weather, today would be the time to get them done as we have several frontal systems that will work their way through our area over the next five day or longer. We will see partly sunny skies today with high temperatures hovering around the 60 degree mark-some places will be a little warmer; others, a little lower. Winds will still remain on the lighter side as well mostly from the south in the 5-15 mph range. This evening things will chance as the first system arrives bringing a slight chance of rain tonight but almost a guarantee for tomorrow. Low temperatures will be around 50 degrees (+/- five degrees). Tomorrow's forecast will be rain with some wind from the south with gust just shy of 30 mph along the coast but less inland. Temperatures will again be around 60 degrees except for Newhalem which is forecast to see a high of 46 degrees. Tomorrow night's lows will be in the 40s again with the winds backing off considerably. Rain is forecast to continue on Thursday.
Rivers and Streams
Rivers and streams have leveled off for the time-being and should continue to remain at current levels until around Friday when we will start to see them slowly rise. Fortunately, the rain is coming down at a pace that can still be absorbed so runoff is still minimal. After Saturday, the levels will continue to stairstep up with each passing system. There is no flooding expected for the Nooksack but it will be running higher by this time next week. Creeks and small stream always pose an unknown as they can be plugged or blocked much easier with debris so watch for water pooling in low areas. Additionally, culverts and drains can be clogged easily with leaves which can cause a backup of water. Do not drive through water flowing over the roads, and even if water is standing, there's always a risk of not being able to see the road clearly and ending up in the ditch. The best advice is spend the extra five or ten minutes and find an alternate route.
Weak high pressure will be over the waters today. The first in a series of frontal system will arrive Wednesday with additional system Thursday and again Saturday. Winds. Today: E wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less. Tonight: E wind to 10 knots rising to 5-15 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2' or less. A slight chance of rain after midnight. Tomorrow: SE wind 15-25 knots rising to 20-30 knots in the afternoon. wind waves 3-5'. Rain likely in the morning then rain in the afternoon. Tomorrow Night: SE wind 10-20 knots. Wind waves 1-3'.
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.