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
A "Small Craft Advisory" will go into effect this evening at 8:00pm and remina in effect until 8:00am tomorrow morning.
Environment Canada has issued a "Strong Wind Warning" tor today, tonight, and tomorrow: Wind southerly 5-15 knots increasing to southerly 15-250 knots this morning then veering to southwest 20-25 knots late this evening. Wind veering to west 15-20 knots Tuesday afternoon.
Unsettled and active spring-like weather makes an abrupt return early this week. In the short term expect low clouds to build into the area headed into Monday morning followed by some light shower and drizzle activity, tapering off midday/early afternoon in the lowlands. Increased westerly flow and additional cloud cover keep daytime temperatures much cooler than the day prior. A wave of precipitation arrives Monday evening transitioning to showers overnight. Shower activity then lingers on Tuesday, most likely during the afternoon hours and towards the foothills/Cascades. It's worth noting daytime heating combined with the cooler air aloft may lead to a rumble of thunder or two in any stronger PM showers. Expect temperatures to be around 60 degrees for the high and mi-40s for lows. Thursday we'll see the temps begin to work their way up to the mid 60s and then upper 60s to around 70 on Friday.
Showery weather continues at times the rest of the week. Expect activity to generally decrease Tuesday night before reenergizing Wednesday afternoon. Dry weather makes a return Wednesday night into Thursday morning. We'll see pop-up showers develop around the region again Thursday afternoon. Temperatures remain below average through much, if not, all of next week.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding.
High inds will become breezy today ahead of a frontal boundary, with onshore flow increasing in its wake again tonight. Gales are likely again down the Strait this evening and overnight tonight. The flow will remain onshore through the end of the week. WIND: Today: SW wind 10-20 knots. Wind waves 1-3' A chance of rain. Tonight: SW wind 10-20 knots rising to 20-30 knots after midnight. Wind wave 1-3 ; building to 3-5- ' after midnight. Rain in the evening then rain likely after midnight. Tomorrow: SW wind 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4'. Showers likely. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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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