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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: May 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Wednesday, May 31, 2023 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

It is looking like our weather is going to remain mild, mostly dry weather with some drizzle in the mornings, warming through the week. Remember as trails are starting to open up to be prepared when out hiking or exploring.

Active Incidents

Currently there are no ongoing or active incidents in Whatcom County.

Advisories, Watches and Warnings

A small craft advisory is in effect from 1700 tonight through 0500 Wednesday. For more information click here.

Weather Around Whatcom County

Whatcom County Inland Weather

The weather over the next few days should be fairly repetitive as fog develops each night and lifts during the midday hours. This fog will be capable of producing periods of light rain/drizzle, especially on Wednesday morning. Temperatures should also remain cooler than average through the forecast period, with afternoon highs climbing into the 60s and overnight lows dipping into the 40s. Winds will also remain slightly breezy through the forecast period, especially in western portions of the county.  

Dry weather is expected to continue through the second half of the week and into next week. Temperatures should also begin to trend warmer on Friday and may climb into the 70s over the weekend. Warmer than average temperatures look to return by Monday with afternoon highs potentially reaching the 80s.

Rivers and Streams

The Nooksack River and stream levels in Whatcom County are normal for this time of year.  

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County today the wind will come from the  west at 10-20 knots becoming a southwest wind in the afternoon 5-15 knots. Wind waves are expected to be 1-3  feet. Patchy drizzle in the morning.  Moving into the evening, winds will come from the southwest at 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4 feet. Tomorrow winds come from the southwest at 5-15 knots, becoming westerly at 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.

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.

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