It is looking like our weather is going to remain mild, mostly dry with trending warmer temps. 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 advisories, watches or warnings in Whatcom County.
Dry, mostly clear weather will continue through Saturday. Similar to previous days, isolated pockets of fog day develop around daybreak on Saturday, but should quickly burn off after sunrise. Temperatures will continue to reach the 40s each night while most areas climb into the 60s during the afternoon. Areas that are more removed from the water may reach the low 70s, however.
Dry weather looks to continue through the rest of the weekend and the following work week. Next week will be warmer on the whole, with the warmest temperatures likely occurring on Tuesday and Wednesday. Afternoon highs may climb into the 80s on these days. Winds will generally become breezy during the afternoons, but nothing too strong is expected.
The Nooksack River and stream levels in Whatcom County are normal for this time of year.
For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County today the wind will come from the south at 5-15 knots with wind waves are expected to be 2 feet or less. Moving into the evening, winds will come from the south at 10-20 knots becoming southwest 5-15 knots after midnight. Wind waves 1-3 feet. Tomorrow winds come from the southwest 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.