On August 18th, Governor Inslee brought back a statewide mask mandate and also broached a mandatory vaccine issue. Please see the Governor's website at the following URL: https://www.governor.wa.gov/
COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect.
The U.S. has extended an order closing the shared border to nonessential traffic until at least September 21, 2021. Canada will allow fully vaccinated Americans to visit Canada beginning August 9th. However, there are several additional requirements you need to be aware of. See Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for additional requirements: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/gbi-rgf-eng.html.
Small Craft Advisory: Small Craft Advisory in effect from 5:00pm this afternoon to 3:00am Tuesday morning for southwest winds 15-25 knots.
The Whatcom County Fire Marshal has issued a Stage 2 Burn Ban for unincorporated Whatcom County; it will remain in effect until further notice . For more information, see the following site for more information about this announcement: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/381/Fire-Marshal
Governor Inslee has issued an Emergency Proclamation titled "Wildfires-Burn Ban". This burn ban "imposes a temporary outdoor burn ban by prohibiting all outdoor and agricultural burning in all 39 Washington Counties until noon on Thursday September 30, 2021." Of equal importance is another phrase in the proclamation: "Nothing in this order supersedes more restrictive provision of the counties, municipalities, fire districts, other political subdivision, or public or private landowners." If you review Whatcom County's Stage 2 Burn Ban you will see it IS more restrictive. Additionally, national park service, US Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources, individual fire districts, etc. have their own set of rules which you must review and comply with.
American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, who currently reside in the U.S. and who qualify as fully vaccinated travelers, will be able to enter Canada for discretionary travel starting August 9. Details can be obtained by visiting https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/services/covid/menu-eng.html . There are additional requirements for travel so see the CBSA website.
State Route 9: Intermittent single lane closures continuing through the month of August and possibly into September just south of Acme. Expect some delays during this time. as crews continue to complete the project. WSDOT has been committed to fish barrier correction for more than three decades. A single removed barrier can deliver impressive benefits improving fish habitat both upstream and downstream. Interested in learning more about fish passages, check out our latest fish passage annual report.
We'll start today's weather with the coolest spot in the county. Newhalem will look for a high today of only 50 degrees along with a chance for showers and a low tonight of 43 degrees. The rest of us will see highs in the mid-60s or so with a chance for a spot shower. There will also be some wind today, stronger in the northern part of the county that could reach 20 mph gusts in the Point Roberts and Sumas areas (west/northwest in Point Robeerts and a southerly direction in Sumas) Tonight's lows will be mainly in the 50s and a lingering shower is possible in some places. We can expect more sun tomorrow with highs brushing against 70 degrees. There is no expectation for much wind tomorrow-10 mph or so and variable in direction. Thursday will be a little warmer and sunny and then as we head into the weekend the chance for showers develops.
Rivers and Streams
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal; expect them to continue to flow steady at current levels.
Moderate onshore flow combined with the passage of several weak weather system will continue to allow for advisory level winds over the Strait and offshore waters today before winds subside for much of the rest of the week. The next front will reach the area on Saturday. Today: SW wind 10-20 knots becoming s 5-15 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 1-3'. A chance of showers in the morning then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Tonight: S wind 10-20 knots Wind waves 1-3'. Tomorrow: SE wind 5-15 knots becoming W to 10 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2' or less. Tomorrow Night. W wind 5-15 knots becoming S after midnight. Wind waves 2' or less.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
Fuels are dry with lower humidity and temperatures that can be expected to reach into the 80s. Know what your local jurisdictions restrictions are concerning recreational fires, barbeques, etc. by checking your local jurisdictions website or contacting your local fire district. For unincorporated Whatcom County residents visit the Whatcom County Fire Marshal's website at https://www.whatcomcounty.us/381/Fire-Marshal.
See Advisories, Watches, and Warnings above for new or updated fire hazard restrictions (e.g. Stage 2 Burn Ban; Governor Inslee Wildfire Emergency Proclamation).
Information concerning face coverings and other protective actions can be found on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.
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