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.
The pattern of calm and quiet weather continues Tuesday then a quick moving and weak weather disturbance passes through the area Wednesday. Expect mostly dry conditions to remain in place Tuesday and Tuesday night with light breezes during the afternoon and early evening hours. Wednesday morning a weak weather disturbance moves through the area with occasional light rain and sprinkles, quickly tapering off midday hours. Dry with clearing the rest of the day. Temperatures today will reach into the mid-60s with the exception of Pt Roberts where highs will just cross the 60 degree threshold. Expect lows tonight to be in the 40s. Tomorrow, with the passing system, temperatures will be bout the same as today. Dry and pleasant conditions return Thursday and Friday although temperatures begin to slowly decrease headed into the weekend. There's still some uncertainty about our next chance for precipitation. We could see some very light showers/sprinkles as early as Saturday night into Sunday with a better chance Sunday into Monday.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding.
High pressure will remain offshore with lower pressure east of the Cascades through the week.. WIND: Today: NW wind 5-15 knots becoming W in the afternoon. Wind waves 2' or less. Tonight: SW wind 10-20 knots. Wind waves 1-3 '. A slight chance of showers after midnight. Tomorrow: SW wind 5-15 knots becoming @ in the afternoon. Wind waves 2' or less. A slight chance of rain in the morning then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Tomorrow Night: SW wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less.
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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