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.
A "Small Craft Advisory" remains in effect until 5:00am Thursday morning for southeast winds 20-30 knots.
Environment Canada has issued a "Strong Wind Warning" for the Strait of Georgia-South of Nanaimo. Winds light increasing to southeast 15-25 knots this morning. Wind southeast 15-25 knots tonight and Thursday.
Today begins a stretch of precipitation that will take us into early next week. Temperatures will remain fairly steady in a range from the mid 50s to low 60s with the exception of Newhalem which will drop into the mid-40s for highs (tomorrow will reach 53 degrees). Lowes for the most part will be in the mid-40s. We will have breezy conditions over the next several days as well with the coastal areas seeing the strongest gusts (Point Roberts may see gusts to 40mph or a little stronger today). The winds along the coast will come from the south/southeast while the interior parts of the county will have a southerly wind switching to the northeast and east later tonight and tomorrow (the interaction of the Cascade range and the frontal systems leads to some very interesting wind directions from time to time and this appears to be one of them). We can expect some wind again tomorrow but not quite as pronounced as today. Temperatures will feel cooler due to the precipitation and rain so make sure you are dressed appropriately for whatever activity you're engaged in if outdoors. If you're headed into the higher elevations, For example, the Mount Baker Ski Resort area will be seeing a mixture of rain/snow this weekend; it stand to reason elevations above that will be all snow.
Rivers and Streams
Our first little bump in the Nooksack River level will begin on Friday; it may not even be noticeable. However, with the additional weather systems dropping precipitation, the level will continue to rise into next week. No flooding is predicted at this time, but if you're on or around the river be prepared for faster moving water and deeper water levels. Considerable more leaves are falling now and that will likely cause some drains and culverts to start plugging up. The best thing you can do if you have something like that on your property is to clear the debris away so the water can flow uninhibited which will help prevent water pooling in lower areas and cause localized flooding. Thank you.
The first in a series of frontal systems will move through the area waters today. Additional weather systems are expected through the weekend with the active weather pattern over the area affecting winds and seas. Winds. Today: SE wind 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4'. A chance of rain in the evening then a slight chance of rain after midnight. Tonight: SE wind 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4'. A chance of rain in the evening then a slight chance of rain after midnight. Tomorrow: E wind 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4'. A slight chance of rain in the morning then rain likely in the afternoon. Tomorrow Night: SE wind 15-25 knots rising to 20-30 knots after midnight. Wind waves 3-5'. As noted earlier in the Advisories, Watches, and Warnings section, the Small Craft Advisory was extended to tomorrow morning. Looking at the winds for tomorrow and tomorrow night, there is a pretty good chance another "Small Craft Advisory" will be issued or the current one extended due to the level of winds predicted. Continue to monitor Marine Weather for those notices as they may be issued rather abruptly.
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.