The outlook for the Memorial Day weekend is warmer temperatures with partly cloudy skies and breezes that will be around 15mph or less with a little stronger wind in the open water. Temps today: High-60/low-40. Sat: High-68/low-45. Sun: High- 73/Low-50.
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
There are no advisories, watches or warnings for our area.
There may still be a shower or two around the area today but mostly dry time is in store, especially for the lowlands. Any lingering showers are on tap to end by Friday afternoon. Otherwise, calm conditions are in store across the region with skies trying to steer towards general sunshine. Dry weather will persist overnight and into Saturday as well with warmer temperatures and continued sunny skies. Winds are to trend along the lighter side of the spectrum as the weekend progresses. Temperatures today will be around 60 degrees or a little higher. Lows tonight will be 40 degrees or so. A warming trend continues through the weekend and into the middle next week with daytime highs probably topping average. The pattern is expected to remain mostly dry as well with periods of sunshine aside from some high clouds streaming in leading into the beginning of next week. We should see a high near 70 on Saturday and a couple of degrees warmer on Sunday and then again on Monday.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding. The Nooksack is still predicted to rise a little today as the runoff continues to drain from the upper elevations. Again, there are no issues except to that you exercise caution if you are around or on the river and not caught off guard when the water rises a little.
High pressure will move over the offshore waters today with lower pressure east of the Cascades. This general onshore flow pattern will continue through the weekend and into the first half of next week. Winds: Today: SW wind 10-20 knots. Wind waves 1-3'. A slight chance of showers. Tonight: S wind 10-20 knots becoming 5-15 knots after midnight. Wind waves 1-3'. Saturday: W NE wind to 10 knots becoming NW 5-15 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2' or less. Saturday Night: NW wind 5-15 knots becoming SW to 10 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2' or less. Sunday: Light wind becoming W to 10 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 1' or less. Sunday Night: S wind 10-20 knots. Wind waves 1-3'.
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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