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.
Advisories, Watches and Warning
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT for our marine waters.
Environment Canada has posted a Strong wind warning through Friday for the marine waters with wind southeast 15 to 20 knots diminishing to southeast 10 to 15 early this morning then increasing to southeast 15 to 20 this evening. Wind increasing to southeast 20 to 25 Friday morning.
A regime of showers is slated to enter tonight and maintain into Thursday. The bulk of the rain totals will remain along the confines of the Cascades allowing the local area to see generally light amounts. Day time highs will also show signs rising modestly but still below average for mid-October. Showers are likely and even increase to steadier rain for Thursday night as well and it won't just end there. A subtle disturbance will continue to spill overcast skies and rain into the area on Friday as the pattern remains active. Guidance has rainfall retreating on Saturday but it will only clear the runway for the next system. A more potent disturbance is on deck to bring widespread rainfall and breezy winds for all of Sunday. A few showers could linger on Monday before drying out totally on Tuesday. Temperatures look to increase over the weekend before cooling back off to start the next week.
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.
Whatcom County Coastal Weather
A weak warm front will brush the area this morning, seas in the outer Coastal Waters remain around 10 feet. Winds will be picking up late tonight as a cold front approaches. Today winds should be SE 10 to 20 kt becoming 5 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. A chance of rain. Tonight S wind to 10 kt becoming SE 10 to 20 kt after midnight. Wind waves 1 ft or less building to 1 to 3 ft after midnight. A chance of showers in the evening then rain after midnight. Friday we should see SE wind 10 to 20 kt rising to 15 to 25 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. Rain in the morning then rain likely in the afternoon.
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Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
Fall is a time for mushroom picking, hunting, fishing, hiking and exploring. And to be prepared.....
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:
- Tape and Glue – Duct tape and super glue. Super glue can be used in place of stitches. Athletic tape is great but duct tape can wrap a wound or fix gear so not a bad idea to keep a small roll for multipurpose use.
- Gauze and Bandages – A few small squares of gauze and several adhesive bandage squares are essential. You can use the large squares and cut them into strips if needed. Primarily used for blisters. You could stuff the gauze in a deep wound to stop bleeding if needed.
- Disinfectant – Keep a small amount of antiseptic in case of a serious wound and a small tube of triple antibiotic ointment. Rinse wounds with water first then clean everything before patching things up.
- QuickClot – In a worst case scenario, rapid blood loss can crush your odds of surviving. Hunters and anglers are handling knives and firearms in remote places where accidents can happen. A blood clotting agent will stop the rapid blood loss and can save your life. It’s also easy to find over the counter.
- Pills – Aspirin for swelling and potential heart problems is a good idea, and if you are out overnight you may want to make sure you have any extra medications you may take just in case.
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:
- Water Filtration System - Most of us understand the importance of hydration, but depending on how long you plan to be in the back country it might not be feasible to pack enough water. A small filtration system will allow you to acquire clean drinking water without having to lug around a few gallons.
- Cooking Pot - This can be used for more purposes than you think. You’ll definitely need it for cooking, but you’ll also need a container to put your freshly filtered water in. And when it starts to get cold you can also heat your water to provide extra warmth.
- Leatherman Signal - With implements such as a ferro rod for starting fires, a saw for cutting down branches, and a safety whistle that can be heard from far away, this tool will prove it’s worth when you’re in a rough spot. Keep one in your pocket or clip one on to your backpack.
- Compact Stove (with fuel) - The modern day camp stove is so compact and easy to use that there is almost no excuse to not have one. Cooking meals, providing heat, and even purifying water (if your filtration system fails). Make sure one of these lives in your bag and the fuel is always full.
- Trail Mix - Healthy, energy-rich, and no cooking necessary. A small bag of trail mix is a perfect snack for being in the outdoors. Make sure it has a good mix of nuts, dried fruits, bits of dark chocolate and other items to make it tasty.
- Compass - This may seem a bit old fashioned, but a quality compass is still an incredibly useful tool. When cell service isn’t an option, how will you find your way around? A small compass and an understanding of your surroundings will ensure that you can find your way when all else fails.
- Flashlight - Even if you don’t plan to be out in the back country past dark, pack a flashlight. Things happen and plans change. If you’re in an unfamiliar part of the woods with no lights, things can go bad fast. Don’t like to carry one? Try a headlamp to keep your hands free.
- Emergency Blanket - Also known as space-blankets (originally designed by NASA), this compact/light weight item should live in everybody’s bag. The thin mylar sheet works to trap in heat or reflect it making it extremely versatile. It can also double as a make-shift shelter to keep you protected from the elements.
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:
- Yeagers, 3101 Northwest Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225, 360.733.1080
- REI, 400 36th St, Bellingham, WA 98225, 360.647.8955
- American Alpine Institute, 1515 12th St, Bellingham, WA 98225, 360.671.1505
Information concerning face coverings and other protective actions can be found on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.
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