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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: May 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Friday, May 14, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Great weekend shaping up with temperatures climbing to the low 70s. Winds will be lighter as well from the west, between 5 and 15 mph. Beware of shaded areas that can camouflage bikers or rounding curves where reaction time or distance is hindered.

Active Incidents

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

Advisories, Watches and Warnings 

No advisories, watches, or warnings.

Whatcom County Weather

Inland Weather

We look to be stuck in a repetitive weather pattern here in the short-term forecast with patchy morning fog and clear skies in the afternoon. The only notable change is that daytime highs are to slightly rise day to day. But as mentioned, can expect patches of fog developing late tonight into the early morning hours on Friday. It should eventually give way to clear skies and above normal high temps as the day progresses. Same deal for Friday night and Saturday with afternoon highs topping out around 5-10 degrees above average.   Dry and benign weather will persist into the weekend with temps above the seasonal norm. The pattern looks to change on Tuesday night - Wednesday as rainy and cooler conditions enter the region. Things may remain active into the rest of the week but there's model differences that need to be worked out at this time.

Temperatures for today and tomorrow will be in the low to mid-70s for the highs and mid to upper 40s for the lows.  Winds for the most part will be from a westerly direction in the 5-10 mph range.  Point Roberts has a chance for some gusty winds Tonight and into tomorrow from the northwest around 30 mph.

Rivers and Streams

Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding. 

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

High pressure will remain offshore through the rest of the week resulting in onshore flow.  Persistent winds from the northwest across the coastal waters will lead to steep seas through the weekend.  The next weather system is expected to move through the area waters towards the middle of next week.  WIND: Today:  NW wind 10-20 knots.  Wind waves 1-3'.  Tonight:  W wind 5-15 knots becoming 10-20 knots after midnight.  Wind waves 2' or less building to 2-4' after midnight.  Tomorrow:  NW wind 10-20 knots.  Wind waves 1-3'.  Tomorrow Night:  NW SW wind 5-15 knots becoming 10-20 knots after midnight.  Wind waves 1-3'.  Sunday:  W wind 10-20 knots vecoming 5-15 knots in the afternoon.  Wind waves 1-3'.      

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Emergency Management Tips and Reminders

May is Volcano Preparedness Month

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. ( 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.

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.

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