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Advisories, Watches and Warnings:

One “small craft advisory” expired this morning at 8:00am  but another has been issued for this afternoon and will take effect at 5:00pm and continue until 5:00am Friday morning.  Winds this afternoon will pick up once again to the 15-25knot range and cause two to four foot wind waves.  There is also a strong wind warning issued by Canada for the Strait of Georgia, south of Nanaimo.

.Birch Bay Drive Remains Impacted:

  1. Birch Bay Drive north of Harborview has been reopened in both directions although some striping remains to be completed..  
  2. Birch Bay Drive south of Harborview - The shoulders remain closed due to damage and debris. Pedestrians and bicyclists should use caution in this area.

Whatcom County Weather:

Most areas of the county will see a chance for showers today.  Bellingham will be the exception where the sun could poke through the clouds from time to time.  Temperatures will remain mostly in the mid 60s but the higher elevations such as the ski area will stay in the 40s.  There will be a breeze but it is expected to remain around 10mph or a little higher.  Sumas could see some gusts as high as 21mph.  Tonight’s lows will drop into the low 50s.  For tomorrow, we can expect to see more sun with temperatures climbing to near 70.  Winds will have a southerly direction and for those of us along the coast, we could see a steady wind up to 15 mph with an occasional gust that exceeds 20mph.  Saturday and Sunday looks like there could be a chance for showers and cooler temperatures that remain in the upper 60s with lows in the mid 50s.

The Nooksack River level continues to run at a steady pace and we could see the river level drop a little over the next five days.

Coastal Weather for Lummi Nation, Birch Bay, Lummi Island, Strait of Georgia, Pt. Roberts, Bellingham, and Blaine 

For Coastal Whatcom County, an earlier issued small craft advisory expired at 8:00 am this morning and wind should dies down a little.  However, this afternoon at 5:00pm another small craft advisory has already been issued and it will go until 5:00am tomorrow morning.  Winds will increase initially to 20-30 knots, and then decrease a little to 15-25 knots with wind waves 3-5 feet.  Tomorrow will be a repeat with the winds remaining from the south, dropping down to 5-15 knots with wind waves of 1—3 feet during the day and then increase to the 15-25 knot range later in the day.  Wind waves will be 2-4 feet.

High tide today at Cherry Point today will be at 9:56pm and it will be 9.7’. Friday, June 21st will see the first high tide will be at 6:44am of 6.9’ and another at 10:32pm of 9.5’. Saturday’s high tides will be at 7:31 am - 6.4’ and then at 11:07 pm – 9.4’. Sunday, June 23rd will see the first high tide at 8:32am - 5.8’ and the second at 11:40pm – 9.2’.

Emergency Preparedness

Here are some final thought as we get ready to head into summer:  

Warmer temperatures cause interior vehicle temperatures that are extremely dangerous and even deadly.  Never leave children or pets in a vehicle unattended, there’s no other way to say it, period.  According to the National Weather Service, "The temperature inside a vehicle will reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit in 25 minutes when the outside temperature is only 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

With regards to wildfires, it’s important you stay aware of county burn restrictions.  The Whatcom County burn information line phone number is 360.778.5903; you can get an update on any burn bans as well as permit requirements.  Depending where you are in the county will determine what restrictions are in place.   Fire District 5, 11, and 17 have their own regulations and issues burn permits for their areas.  There are also permanent burn bans within certain city limits and urban growth areas; you can find the list on the Whatcom County website and the subject outdoor burning -  The US Forest Service has its own set of permit requirements as well.  

If you haven’t reviewed fire-wise landscapes recently and how to improve the defensible space around your home, now is a great time to do so.  The National Fire Protection Association website hosts Firewise USA site and we highly recommend you take a look at the information found there.  We’ve already seen some fire restrictions go into effect on Lummi Island and it won’t be too long before we see others issued around the county.

 Remember, think safety and be prepared!  This hotline is not updated on weekends unless and incident occurs.

Contact: Wallace Kost, 360.778.7165, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management