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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: May 18, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Temperatures will be a little cooler today and the chance of showers popping up later will continue. a Southwest wind will also be with us with some moderate gusts to 30mph. It will feel cooler. Tonight's lows in the low to mid-40s with showers.

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 

A "Small Craft Advisory" will remain in effect until 1:00am Wednesday morning for southwest winds 15-25 knots.

Environment Canada has issued a "Strong Wind Warning" tor today, tonight, and tomorrow:  Wind southwest 20-25 knots veering to west 15-20 knots early this afternoon.  Wind westerly 10-20 knots tonight.  Wind northwest 10-20 knots Wednesday.               

Whatcom County Weather

Inland Weather

We expect mostly dry but breezy conditions today.  Winds will be from the southwest in the 10-20 mph range with some gusts as high as 25-30 mph.  Some residual showers are also in the forecast across the region for Tuesday. There could also be a few rumbles of thunder embedded within  some features. Most of the activity is poised to be positioned over higher elevations so lowland locations could see dry time in between. Daytime highs will continue to trend cooler with temperatures in the mid to upper 50swith lows this evening in the low to mid-40s.  As the overnight hours set in, more showers are likely to return.  More showers are expected for Wednesday and Thursday. Friday will bring a noticeable drop off in activity before drying out completely on Saturday. Afternoon highs are to increase throughout the week, possibly topping out several degrees above average by the weekend.

Rivers and Streams

Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding. You may notice a little increase or rise in river level today caused by the rain last night, but it doesn't change the overall normal flow picture.

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

High Winds will remain breezy thisamorning over the water in the wake of a frontal passage, with gales possible over the Central and Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca through sunrise.  The flow will remain onshore, through the end of the week as high pressure remains centered offshore, with westerly diurnal pushes down the Strait expected each evening.   Today:    SW wind 15-25 knots.  Wind waves 2-4'.  A slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening.  A chance of showers.  Tonight:  W wind 15-25 knots.  Wind waves 2-4'.  A slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening.  A chance of showers.   Tomorrow:  W wind 10-20 knots becoming 5-15 knots in the afternoon.  Wind waves 1-3'.  A chance of showers.      

Tides For Cherry Point 


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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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