Currently there are no ongoing or active incidents in Whatcom County.
Advisories, Watches and Warnings
Currently there are no active Advisories, Watches or Warnings in Whatcom County
Weather Around Whatcom County
Whatcom County Inland Weather
Mainly dry weather is expected through Friday although there is a chance for a few showers or thunderstorms each day during the late day and early evening hours. However, showers and thunderstorms will mainly remain over to the E of the area each day and there is a good chance that conditions just remain dry. Any thunderstorms may produce gusts up to 35 mph and a few lightning strikes. Winds will be relatively light through Friday.
Drizzle/light rain showers are expected overnight Friday night into Saturday morning, but conditions should dry back out on Saturday afternoon. At this time, conditions are looking dry Saturday night, Sunday, and through all of next week. Temperatures are look pretty warm next week, but shouldn't get too hot.
Rivers and Streams
The Nooksack River and stream levels in Whatcom County have dropped a bit over the last few days and look to stay about where they are over the weekend.
Whatcom County Coastal Weather
For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County today wind direction from the northwest with 10 knots though the day. Wind waves are expected to be under a foot. Moving into the evening, winds will move around to come from the west at 10-20 knots, followed by winds from the south at 5-15 knots after midnight. Tomorrow winds come from the southwest at 10 knots, moving around to the west in the afternoon. Wind waves will be les than 1 foot. For a look at real-time coastal weather and tides you can link here to the Cherry Point NOAA Tide Station.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
Search and Rescue Tips
As we have our trails opening up, and while no one ever plans to get lost or injured in the forest, you are in the best position to help yourself and Search and Rescue personnel:
The best tool needed for survival in the event you get lost outdoors is your skill of advanced planning. You must expect the unexpected and plan accordingly. Even if you are going out for just a few hours, pack enough essentials that you can stay hydrated, fueled and prepared for any type of weather. Your essentials should include at least:
- More than enough food and water for the activity you plan.
- A compass that you know how to use. You may want a GPS device, but those sometimes do not receive a signal or the battery fails. Cell phones also likely will not work because of a lack of signal.
- Appropriate maps. Study the terrain and your planned route. Know where you are going and how you will return.
- Sturdy hiking boots, clothes that you can layer depending on the weather conditions and additional socks in case the ones you are wearing get wet.
- A blanket, flashlight, matches kept in a water-resistant container, and other items that will help you survive overnight if necessary.
- Check with the local ranger district or forest office for special warnings, such as fires in the area, bear sightings, flooding, trail or road closures, etc.
It’s also important that once you have planned your outing, tell someone. Give them exact details of where you are going, the trail you plan to follow, when you will return, the vehicle you are driving (and where you plan to park) and how many people will go with you – do not go alone. BUT – if you do become lost your most important tool is keeping a positive mental attitude and:
Stop: As soon as you realize you may be lost: stop, stay calm, stay put. Panic is your greatest enemy.
Think: Go over in your mind how you got to where you are. What landmarks should you be able to see? Do not move at all until you have a specific reason to take a step.
- Get our your compass and determine the directions based on where you are standing. Do not walk aimlessly.
- If you are on a trail, stay on it. All trails are marked with signs (where intersections meet) and diamond blazers or maker. However, signs are sometimes vandalized or stolen.
- As a very last resort, follow a drainage or stream downhill. This is often difficult path but could lead to a trail or road. Again, this could be very dangerous.
- Based on your thinking and observations, come up with some possible plans, think them through then act on one of them.
- If you are not very, very confident in the route, then it’s always better to stay put.
- If it’s nightfall, you are injured or you are near exhaustion, stay in place.
The Emergency Management Daily Briefing is produced Monday - Friday unless an update is required for an incident or event over a weekend or during holidays.