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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: June 5, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Monday, June 5, 2023 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

It is looking like our weather is going to remain fairly mild with dry conditions trending warmer temps through the middle of 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

There is a small craft advisory now until 2000 on Tuesday. For more information, click here.

Weather Around Whatcom County

Whatcom County Inland Weather

Dry conditions continuing through the period with no significant weather concerns. Winds look to increase again as we head into the day on Monday potential for gusts up to 20-25mph at times. Sun will be expect most hours though in the afternoon hours be may be seeing potential for a few scattered high clouds. Monday night winds look to remain much lighter with temperatures warming back up on Tuesday. Sun expected all hours on Tuesday with little to no cloud cover expected with afternoon heating allowing for winds to gust up to 20-25mph.

Conditions look to remain mostly dry through the rest of the work week. We will be seeing highest temperatures peaking on Wednesday with temperatures reaching up into the mid to upper 80s in spots before decreasing again through the rest of the week. Winds look to be much more mild as well with no major threat for winds. Going into Friday evening however we will be seeing potential for a rain/thunder showers developing and lingering into the morning hours on Saturday before conditions dry out through the rest of the weekend. We may see a few stray showers but looks mostly dry; dry conditions then continue into the next week.

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 northwest at 5-15 knots with wind waves are expected to be 2-4 feet. Moving into the evening, winds will come from the northwest at 10-20 knots rising to 15-25 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2-4 feet. Tomorrow winds continue from the northwest at 5-25 knots, easing to 10-20 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves will be 2-4 feet. 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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