It is looking like our weather will warm over the next couple days and then cool down with dry conditions through Thursday. 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.
There is a small craft advisory now until 1100 on Tuesday. For more information, click here. We also have a red flag warning in effect from 1000 this morning until 2200 this evening in the west slopes of the North Cascades above 1500 feet. For more information, click here.
Dry conditions will be continuing through the rest of the period with no significant concerns. Winds look to be pick up just a touch through the day on Tuesday with gusts up to 20-25mph will likely be seen at times. Temperatures will be much warmer on Tuesday as well with clear skies and sun expected all hours. Winds begin to decrease going into the evening hours on Tuesday and become much lighter through the day on Wednesday. Temperatures will be peaking on Wednesday in the upper 80s with scattered high clouds moving into the region.
Conditions look to then remain dry through Thursday and Friday morning with no significant concerns as winds and temperatures look to be mild. However going late afternoon/early evening on Friday we will be seeing a band of precipitation moving into the region. Wet and rainy conditions look to linger through the rest of the night on Friday and into the morning hours on Saturday before finally tapering off. A few stray showers may be seen through the rest of the weekend though nothing to severe. Dry conditions look to hold strong into the beginning of next week.
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 northwest at 5-15 knots becoming 5-15 knots in the afternoon with wind waves are expected to be 2-4 feet. Moving into the evening, winds will come from the northwest at 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2 feet or less. Tomorrow winds continue from the northwest at 5-15 knots, easing to 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.
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