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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: December 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

The weather has dialed up two sunny and relatively windless days for us over the next two days. Highs in the mid to upper 40s and lows in the low to mid-30s.

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.

Active Incidents

The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic until at least December 21, 2020. This includes both vehicular and boating between the countries.

 

The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. Information about Whatcom County’s response to COVID-19 is available at the Joint Information Center’s COVID-19 website.

Advisories, Watches and Warnings

Weather Around Whatcom County

Whatcom County Inland Weather

We are going to see a couple of back to back sunny days with light north or northeast winds and highs in the mid-40s.  Evenings will cool down to the low to mid-30s so there will be some frost around the area-watch out for that while driving.  

Rivers and Streams

The Nooksack River level is slowly dropping and will continue to do so over the next week or so before the next weather system moves into the area.   

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County, northeast winds will be 5-15 knots with wind waves of two feet or less. Tonight winds will be from the north 5-15 knots with wind waves of two feet or less.  And, tomorrow is expected to be about the same.






Date

Time

High

Low

December 01, 2020
1218
7.14
December 01, 2020
16558.05
December 01, 2020
2346
-1.33
December 02, 202007509.82
December 02, 2020
1306
7.27
December 02, 202016217.93
December 03, 2020
0021
-1.36


Emergency Management Tips and Reminders

COVID-19

Everyone in Washington State is directed to wear a face covering while at any indoor public space and any outdoor public space where you may be within 6 feet of someone who does not live with you. You can find more info about face coverings and other protective actions here and here.

King Tides

A King Tide is a non-scientific term people often use to describe exceptionally high tides. Tides are long-period waves that roll around the planet as the ocean is "pulled" back and forth by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun as these bodies interact with the Earth in their monthly and yearly orbits. Higher than normal tides typically occur during a new or full moon and when the Moon is at its perigee, or during specific seasons around the country.

In Whatcom County we pay particular attention to King Tides that occur in the late fall / early winter as many times these coincide with, and can be aggravated by, our wind storms.  This has resulted in significant impacts in our coastal communities, such as occurred in Birch Bay and Blaine in December of 2018 when over 5 million dollars in damage was caused by a King Tide and wind storm.  We define a King Tide as a tide of at least 10.1 at Cherry Point (Whatcom Counties official tide station).  Over the next couple months, we will have King Tides on the following days:


Date
Height of Tide
Time of King Tide 

December 14, 2020

10.1 Feet

0601

December 15, 2020

10.6 Feet

0650

December 16, 2020

10.8 Feet

0736

December 17, 2020

10.7 Feet

0821

December 18, 2020

10.6 Feet

0905

December 19, 2020

10.3 Feet

0948

December 30, 2020

10.1 Feet

0704

December 31, 2020

10.2 Feet

0737

January 01, 2021

10.3 Feet

0813

January 02, 2021

10.3 Feet

0846

January 03, 2021

10.2 Feet

0919

January 04 & 05, 2021

10.1 Feet

0951 / 1021

January 12, 2021

10.4 Feet

0605

January 13 & 14, 2021

10.6 Feet

0645 / 0722

January 15, 2020

10.5 Feet

0758

January 16, 2021

10.2 Feet

0831

January 29-February 01, 2021

10.1 Feet

0706 / 0733 / 0800 / 0827


For those who are tide watchers, these are pretty impressive tides but as happened in the 2018 storm, the tides were pushed nearly two feet higher from the storm pressure (called storm surge) and then the west wind added another 3-4 feet of waves.


This briefing line is not updated on weekends unless an incident occurs.

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