Showers will be around today as will some breaks in the clouds where the sun can shine through. Temperatures will be mild with light winds from the south. Tonight will be mostly cloudy as will tomorrow. Next weather system moves in tomorrow night.
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The chance for showers will be with us through today but the chance for the sun to break through from time to time will also be with us. Tonight will be mostly cloudy as will tomorrow before the next weather system moves in Wednesday night bringing with it more rain. Temperatures today should be in the low 60s with lows around 50 degrees. Wind today will be from the south 5-15 mph with gusts tonight near 20mph. The aforementioned system will bring widespread moderate rainfall and breezy winds on Thursday. Rainfall will then break up into showers as Thursday progresses before petering out overnight leaving mostly dry weather for Friday (a few lingering showers for the highlands) and the rest of the weekend.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding. Look for the rivers and streams to rise on Thursday and Friday from the rain. The main thing to be aware of is if you are on or near the river you should expect higher and faster moving water.
Onshore flow will increase today with Small Craft Advisory winds likely through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Southerly flow will increase Wednesday night and Thursday as our next frontal system moves in. High pressure over the NE Pacific will maintain onshore flow Friday through the weekend. Winds: Today: SW wind to 10 knots becoming S in the afternoon. Wind waves 2' or less. A chance of showers. Tonight: SW wind 10-20 knots. Wind waves 1-3'. A chance of showers in the evening. Tomorrow: S wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less. A slight chance of rain 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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