Winds over the weekend certainly hit the predictions, with the highest gusts at Cherry Point reaching 45 mph at 9:00 last night. Winds were steady from the west between 30-35 for nearly 4 hours.
COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic until at least April 21, 2021
The National Weather Service has a Small Craft Advisory in place until 0200 Tuesday, March 30.
There are currently no other Advisories, Watches or Warnings for Whatcom County.
After an active Sunday, things will begin to relax and will likely carry into a good portion of the week. Rainfall has subsided this evening leaving clearing skies and dry conditions overnight. Cooler air will settle in behind today's disturbance, allowing marginal ice concerns, mainly for hillside locations. For Monday, sunshine is in Monday's forecast with generally benign winds. Daytime temps will remain below average across the region for late March. As the overnight progresses, clear skies will reign allowing sufficient cooling at the surface. Overnight lows will be in the low to mid 30s. Dry weather will continue through midweek with high temperatures trending upwards. Wednesday looks to be the warmest with values in the upper 50s throughout the Sound. By the end of the week, the pattern will become unsettled again allowing the return of showers and slightly cooler temperatures.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal for this time of year and there is no likelihood of flooding.
For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County Strong onshore flow in the wake of Sunday's front will ease today. High pressure will then build back into the region tonight and remain over the waters through Wednesday. A weak weather system will arrive Thursday. Generally the wind and waves will be decreasing throughout today and overnight, with conditions back to seasonal norms for Tuesday.
A tsunami can kill or injure people and damage or destroy buildings and infrastructure as waves come in and go out. A tsunami is a series of enormous ocean waves caused by earthquakes, underwater landslides, volcanic eruptions, or asteroids. A tsunami in Whatcom County could reach between 10-20’ and cause flooding and disrupt transportation, power, communications, and the water supply. You can prepare for the potential of a tsunami in Whatcom County:
There is also a wealth of information on Tsunami preparedness on Ready.Gov. You can also contact the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management at 360.676.6681 for additional information.
Washington State residents are 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 on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.
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