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 May 21, 2021
No advisories, watches or warnings for our area.
Environment Canada has issued a "Strong Wind Warning" for the Strait of Georgia - South of Nanaimo. Wind light becoming northwest 5-15 knots this afternoon then becoming east 5-15 knots midnight except east 20 knots south of Tsawwassen overnight. Wind becoming southeast 15-20 knots Thursday morning then diminishing to southwest 10-15 knots Thursday. evening.
The weather will remain dry and benign tonight and into Wednesday but a tad bit cloudier with mid to high level clouds streaming over. Also, daytime highs look to warm up to their highest values of the week topping out slightly above average. The foothills could see breezy easterly winds from time to time but nothing hazardous is expected. Overnight, one last period of dry weather is on the slate before rainfall returns on Thursday with more breezy winds. Areas along the water seeing higher gusts. Temperatures today will be in the upper 60s with lows tonight in the low 50s. Tomorrows highs will be around 60. Wind will develop overnight and we can look for South wind shifting to the West/Southwest 10-20 mph with gusts 25-30 mph.
Showers may linger over Thursday night and into the weekend but most of the action should remain over the Cascades. Temps will cool off a bit as rainfall brings a relatively cooler air mass behind it but conditions will gradually warm into the beginning of next week.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding.
Flow will temporarily turn offshore through late tonight before turning onshore again with the approach of a frontal system Thursday. Advisory level conditions expected at times across all waters Thursday through the weekend. WIND: Today: N wind to 10 knots becoming NW in the afternoon. Wind waves 1' or less. Tonight: N wind to 10 knots becoming SE after midnight. Wind waves 2' or less. Tomorrow: S wind 5-15 knots becoming 10-20 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 1-3'. A chance of rain in the afternoon. Tomorrow Night: SW wind 15-25 knots easing to 5-15 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2-4' subsiding to 2' or less after midnight. Look for a "Small Craft Advisory" to be issued for 15-25 knot winds.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
May is Volcano Preparedness Month in Washington, providing residents an opportunity to become more familiar with our own Mount Baker, and the volcanic risk to our communities.
How can you prepare for a volcanic eruption?
The active Cascade volcanoes, including our own Mount Baker, that make our state so beautiful could erupt sometime in the future. How can you prepare for a volcanic eruption? How will you react if one of Washington’s volcanoes erupts?
Volcano preparedness month is a time to inform yourself about volcanic hazards and to plan to keep you and your family safe in case of a volcanic eruption or lahar (volcanic mudflow). To learn about lahars, how to stay safe from ashfall, and how to get information in case of an eruption you can download our Disaster Preparedness Guide. (https://mil.wa.gov/asset/5ba4202c2b79d) In addition to volcanic hazards, this Guide will help you prepare your home for other potential risks we face here in Whatcom County.
Be ready for the next volcanic event.
There will be some indication that a volcano may erupt, but the time between the earliest indications of unrest and eruptive activity might be short, from days to weeks or months. The United States Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program and its monitoring partners work to detect the earliest signals of volcanic unrest to forewarn communities at-risk and provide time for officials to activate emergency response plans and mitigation measures that can save lives and protect property. Because eruptions typically go through episodic cycles of increased activity and relative quiet after they begin, Volcano Hazards Program scientists monitor volcanic behavior very closely to determine when it is safe to declare an eruption is over. In some cases, like in Hawaii, eruptions can continue for several tens of years
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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