Sever Weather Damage 21-18 Emergency Proclamation by the Governor: Covers the severe wind and rainstorm event that began on November 12, 2021. https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/21-18%20-%20Severe%20Weather%20Damage%20%28tmp%29.pdf
ADVISORIES, WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
SR-20 (North Cascade Highway) is open; however, there are several areas that will need to have emergency repairs this spring/summer/fall. Traffic control lights are placed at those locations. Long delays should be expected especially over long weekends and holidays. In addition to emergency repairs there are areas where normal road maintenance is scheduled along with several culvert replacements for fish passage. Check WSDOT website for current conditions before traveling.
Inland Whatcom County Weather
Expect some showers to be around the county today as temperatures struggle toward the 70 degree mark. Winds will not be a factor as they will be from a southerly direction less than 10 mph. Overnight temperatures will drop into the mid-50s. Thursday thru Saturday are forecast to be in the low to mid-70s for most areas under sunny to mostly sunny skies. Lows at night will drop back into the 50s. The wind should not be a problem during that timeframe with most days seeing less than 10 mph. The extended forecast shows us moving back into a period of showers Sunday through Tuesday with temperatures staying around the 70 degree mark.
Rivers and Streams
The Nooksack River level has pretty much flat-lined now with very little change expected over the next five days. Caution: The water is extremely cold as it is mostly supplied by snowmelt. Be very careful if planning any activity in the water as cold water shock or hypothermia can occur quickly. Wear a life jacket. Remember, you can always go to the Public Works website to check the river levels - https://www.whatcomcounty.us/666/Forecasts-Current-River-Conditions.
Whatcom County Coastal Weather
High pressure will strengthen over the offshore waters today for a typical onshore flow pattern with lower pressure east of the Cascades through late in the week. Winds. TODAY: S wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. A chance of showers. TONIGHT: S wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. TOMORROW: S wind to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. TOMORROW NIGHT: SW wind 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
Cars and Hot Temperatures
Every year a number of children and pets perish because they are left in vehicles due to high temperatures. It is absolutely critical that everyone understand how rapidly a car can heat up. The following shows the effects in only ten minutes.
At 70 degrees a car will heat to 89 degrees in ten minutes.
At 75 degrees a car will heat to 94 degrees in ten minutes
At 80 degrees a car will heat to 99 degrees in ten minutes
At 85 degrees a car will heat to 104 degree in ten minutes
At 90 degrees a car will heat to 109 degrees in ten minutes
At 95 degrees a car will heat to 114 degrees in ten minutes.
BOTTOM LINE: Do not leave children or pets in vehicles in vehicles.
While we have been extremely fortunate concerning the risk for wildfire to date, things could change rapidly with dry, hot weather. Now is the time to inventory your home environment to see what wildfire risks you can mitigate against. To that extent, the following information was taken from the National Fire Protection Agency on wildfire preparedness. Additional information about the wildfires and the Firewise program can be found at the NFPA website: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Preparing-homes-for-wildfire
1. HOME IGNITION ZONES: To increase your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire, choose fire-resistant building materials and limit the amount of flammable vegetation in the three home ignition zones. The zones include the Immediate Zone: (0 to 5 feet around the house), the Intermediate Zone (5 to 30 feet), and the Extended Zone (30 to 100 feet).
2. LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE: To reduce ember ignitions and fire spread, trim branches that overhang the home, porch, and deck and prune branches of large trees up to 6 to 10 feet (depending on their height) from the ground. Remove plants containing resins, oils, and waxes. Use crushed stone or gravel instead of flammable mulches in the Immediate Zone (0 to 5 feet around the house). Keep your landscape in good condition.
3. ROOFING AND VENTS: Class A fire-rated roofing products, such as composite shingles, metal, concrete, and clay tiles, offer the best protection. Inspect shingles or roof tiles and replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration. Box in eaves, but provide ventilation to prevent condensation and mildew. Roof and attic vents should be screened to prevent ember entry.
4. DECKS AND PORCHES: Never store flammable materials underneath decks or porches. Remove dead vegetation and debris from under decks and porches and between deck board joints.
5. SIDING AND WINDOWS: Embers can collect in small nooks and crannies and ignite combustible materials; radiant heat from flames can crack windows. Use fire-resistant siding such as brick, fibercement, plaster, or stucco, and use dual-pane tempered glass windows.
6. EMERGENCY RESPONDER ACCESS: Ensure your home and neighborhood have legible and clearly marked street names and numbers. Driveways should be at least 12 feet wide with a vertical clearance of 15 feet for emergency vehicle access.
7. FINAL THOUGHTS:
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.