The weather system has arrived so expect windy conditions throughout the day tapering off somewhat after 7:00pm. Showers will be around and temperature will climb to the upper 50s then drop to 50 overnight. A little warmer tomorrow w/sun.
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
A "Wind Advisory" is in effect until 7:00pm this evening for southerly winds 20-30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
A "Small Craft Advisory" is in effect from 2:00am today until 11:00am Friday morning for southwest winds 15-30 knots.
Environment Canada has issued a Strong Wind Warning to Today, Tonight and Friday for winds from the southeast at 15-25 knots except south where 30 knots winds south of Tsawwassen will occur. Wind becoming southerly 5-15 knots near noon except southwest and 20 knots south of Tsawwassen this evening. wind becoming northwest 10-20 knots near midnight then becoming northwest 5-15 knots Friday morning. Wind becoming southeast 5-15 knots Friday afternoon.
The weather system has arrived and has brought rain and gusty south winds to Whatcom County. Things will remain like this throughout the day but by later this evening the wind advisory will cease and things will begin to dry out overnight. Warmer temperatures and more sun are predicted for tomorrow. Highs today will be in the upper 50s with lows tonight around 50. Look for a 60 degree reading for the high tomorrow. Winds will remain gusty throughout the day with some gusts 30-35 mph with isolated gusts up to 50 mph. We should see warmer temperatures into next week beginning tomorrow - a little warmer each day.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding. Look for the rivers and streams to rise a little today through Friday from the rain and then drop back Saturday rather quickly. The main thing to be aware of is if you are on or near the river you should expect higher and faster moving water.
A frontal system will move through the area this morning. Onshore flow will develop behind the front later today with high pressure offshore and lower pressure inland. This pattern will continue into early next week. Winds: Today: S wind 20-30 knots easing to 15-25 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 3-5'. Showers in the morning then showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Tonight: SW wind 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4'. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening. A chance of showers. Tomorrow: W wind 15-25 knots becoming SW 10-20 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2-4'. A slight chance of showers.
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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