On August 18th, Governor Inslee ordered a statewide mask mandate. 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.
UPDATE: The U.S. side of the Canadian border will open to vaccinated Canadians starting in early November (https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/12/secretary-mayorkas-allow-fully-vaccinated-travelers-canada-and-mexico-enter-us-land#), however until the official date is announced, the U.S. border remains closed to nonessential traffic. Canada allows fully vaccinated Americans to visit Canada however, there are several additional requirements you need to be aware of. See Canada Border Services Agency for additional requirements: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/gbi-rgf-eng.html.
Showers will gradually decrease overnight before tapering off on Wednesday morning. There could be a few stragglers on Wednesday afternoon but confidence is leaning towards most hours being dry over Whatcom County. More organized shower activity will increase Wednesday night and showers should persist in an on and off fashion. They'll maintain into Thursday but possibly decrease in coverage. Daily temps will remain below average. Another system is slated to bring steady rain into Friday morning. Rain continues throughout the day before tapering off into the evening hours. However, another stronger looking system brings more rain into Saturday morning that then continues overnight and into Sunday. Things may dry out on Monday but more rainfall is likely as next week progresses. Breezy to gusty winds can also be expected with passing systems.
Rivers and Streams
Things remain pretty much the same. There is some increase in water levels, but all of the increased levels are well below the banks so no chance of flooding except for small streams which could overflow their banks due to blockage or sudden downpour. If encountering such a situation, turn around and find an alternate route. Loss of 10 minutes of time is a much better option than attempting to cross a stream and becoming stranded, or worse.
Weak high pressure will build over the area today. Meanwhile seas at the outer Coastal Waters will remain around 10 feet. A weak warm front will brush the area Thursday then a cold front will arrive late Friday. A stronger system is likely over the weekend. Today we should see NW wind 5 to 15 kt becoming SW in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. A slight chance of rain in the morning. Over night, conditions will remain about the same, and on Thursday we should see SE wind 10 to 20 kt easing to 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft subsiding to 1 ft or less in the afternoon. Rain likely.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
While this is a great time of year, everyone needs to be prepared in the event they find that their planned weekend in the woods does not go the way they intended, and here are a few tips:
Back Country Medical Kit
You definitely need to carry a first aid kit, and for most people and most injuries the following is a good place to start when you are going out in the back country even for a day. There are lots of good sources on the Internet to find kits but the following list is primarily centered around patching cuts and cleaning wounds in an emergency:
Back Country Preparedness Kit
As with your first aid kit, there are lots of good sources on the Internet to find kits and the following suggestions are a good place to start, especially if you are going into the foothills and mountains in our area:
Both the medical and preparedness items listed here are considered to be the minimum a person should take with them. They are not intended to be the only things or to suggest that you do not need anything else. You can find good information locally at:
Information concerning face coverings and other protective actions can be found 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.