It is looking like our weather is going to remain mild over the holiday weekend, with mostly dry weather and a few possible showers thrown in. Remember as trails are starting to open up to be prepared when out hiking or exploring.
Currently there are no ongoing or active incidents in Whatcom County.
Currently there are no active Advisories, Watches or Warnings in Whatcom County
Conditions look to remain mostly if not all dry through the period with no major concerns. Friday conditions look to remain dry for the low lands however in the afternoon hours there will be a chance for a few afternoon thunder showers for the Cascade foothills; mainly around Maple Falls. This may produce some heavier rain and lightning at times though the threat looks to end late in the afternoon. An on shore push looks to then develop going into the night on Friday with potential for low overcast skies and potential for areas of fog. Drizzle and areas of mist may be seen at times through no major accumulations expected. Conditions look to then clear out through the day on Saturday.
Dry conditions look to hold through the rest of the weekend and through most of the next week with the next sign of possible precipitation next weekend. Temperatures look to remain fairly mild through the rest of the weekend and into the week with no major concerns with winds looking to remain mild through the rest of week as well.
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.
For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County today the wind will come from the west at 10 knots becoming a northwest wind in the afternoon. Wind waves are expected to be 2 ft or less. Moving into the evening, winds will come from the west at 15-25 knots, followed by winds from the southwest at 5-15 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2-4 feet subsiding to 2 ft or less after midnight. Tomorrow winds come from the south at 5-15 knots, becoming 10 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves will be 2 feet or less. For a look at real-time coastal weather and tides you can link here to the Cherry Point NOAA Tide Station.
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.