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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: May 20, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Thursday, May 20, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

We're going to have a little bit of a warm-up over the next three days with Saturday's highs being close to 70. Evenings will still be chilly with lows dropping to the low 40s. A few 20 mph southeast wind gusts could occur tonight in the Bellingham area .

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 June 21, 2021

Advisories, Watches and Warnings 

Environment Canada has issued a "Strong Wind Warning" for the Strait of Georgia-South of Nanaimo:  Wind light except northwest 15-25 knots near Vancouver Island early this morning and northwest 10-15 knots near Vancouver Island this morning.  Wind becoming northwest 5-15 knots late this morning then increasing to northwest 15-20 knots early this evening.  Wind becoming northwest 15-25 knots late the evening then diminishing to northwest 5-15 knots late overnight.  Wind increasing to northwest 15-25 knots Friday afternoon.  

Whatcom County Weather

Inland Weather

We're beginning to settle into a predominantly dry pattern here across the region. For tonight, benign conditions are in store but some degree on cloudiness looks to remain. Skies are to remain partly cloudy for Thursday before clearing out the rest of the near term forecast with gradually warming temps. Daytime highs look to sway around the seasonal norm for mid to late May. Could see a slight breeze coming off of the water during the daylight hours around Bellingham Bay but nothing hazardous is expected.  Temperatures today should reach the low 60s and then drop back to the low 40s for tonight.  Winds will be from the west in the 5-15 mph range today and southeast overnight at 5-10 mph; Bellingham could see some gusts to 20mph. Tomorrow, look for highs in the upper 60s and west/northwest wind 5-10 mph.  Saturday will feature dry weather with high temps flirting with the 70°F mark. Shortly afterwards, a relative cool down is expected with a return of showers on Sunday-Monday, possibly lasting into Tuesday.

Rivers and Streams

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

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

Onshore flow will continue through the weekend with high pressure situated offshore and lower pressure inland.  A weak frontal system will reach the area early next week. WINDS:   Today:  NW wind 5-15 knots.  Wind waves 2' or less.  A slight chance of rain in the morning.  Tonight:  W wind 10-20 knots becoming W 5-15 knots after midnight.  Wind waves 1-3'.  Tomorrow:  S wind 10-20 knots becoming SW 5-15 knots in the afternoon.  Wind waves 1-3'.  Tomorrow Night:  S wind 15-25 knots.  Wind waves 2-4'.  Look for a Small Craft Advisory to be issued for this period.     


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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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