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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: May 21, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Friday, May 21, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

A couple of nice days before showers move back into the area and temperatures become a little cooler again. Today and tomorrow will approach 70 degrees. Wind will be from a southerly direction in the 5-15 mph range. Have a great weekend!

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 

A "Small Craft Advisory" will be in effect from 6:00pm this evening to 2:00am Saturday morning.

Whatcom County Weather

Inland Weather

Dry and fairly quiet weather is anticipated Friday and Saturday. Dry weather returns into Friday morning accompanied a return to mostly clear skies. On Friday all shower/T-storm activity remains near the Cascade crests as a disturbance continues to churn well off to the east. There'll be a return of some very patchy river valley fog Friday night. Overall Saturday looks very pleasant with mild temperatures and all afternoon shower activity again remaining east of the Cascade crests.  Expected temperatures will be : Friday:  High-70/Low-mid-40s.  Saturday:  Hihg-70/Low-around 50.  Sunday:  High-65/Low-50.  Expect temperatures in Point Robert to be about five to eight degrees cooler.

The dry weather may come to an end on Sunday as a disturbance that's been parked to the east pivots some shower activity into the area during the afternoon, most frequent to the east near the foothills/Cascades. On Monday a new, albeit weak, weather system moves in from the west bringing more light rain showers to the area. Showery conditions persist Tuesday and Wednesday as well.

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 offshore and lower pressure inland.  A weak frontal system will move through the area on Monday.  Moderate onshore flow will return on Tuesday.   Winds:  Today:  S wind 15-20 knots becoming SW 5-15 knots in the afternoon.   Wind waves 1-3'.  Tonight:  S wind 15-25 knots.  Wind waves 2-4'.  Highest wind and waves far southwest part.  Tomorrow:  S wind 10-20 knots becoming.  Wind waves 1-3'.  Tomorrow Night:  SW wind 15-25 knots.  Wind waves 2-4'.  Sunday:  S wind 5-15 knots.  Wind waves 2' or less.  Sunday Night:  SW wind 20-30 knots easing to 15-25 knots after midnight.  Wind waves 2-5'.  It is very likely another Small Craft Advisory will be issued for this period.  Monitor marine weather for notifications and changes.   


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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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