It is looking like our weather is going to remain mild over the next couple days, but one thing to remember as the trails are starting to open up is to be prepared when out hiking or exploring.
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.
Currently there are no active incidents in Whatcom County.
Currently there are no active Advisories, Watches or Warnings in Whatcom County
Looks mainly dry through Thursday although there may be a few rain showers possible late day Thursday. Showers on Thursday likely remain off to the E of the area over the Cascades, though. Winds will generally be light through Thursday. Temperatures will also be trending a bit warmer through Thursday.
There could be a few rain showers again on Friday during the late day/early evening hours, but showers likely remain off to the E again. Looks like there will be some drizzle or light rain showers at times during the weekend and on Monday, but most of the time looks dry. Completely dry weather returns mid-week next week.
The Nooksack River and streams in Whatcom County are running a little higher with spring runoff.
For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County west winds will be 5-15 knots becoming southwest, with wind waves 1-3 ft. Tomorrow winds will be northwest 10 knots with wind waves 2 ft or less.
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:
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.
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.