It is looking like our weather will be warm today, cooling down some tomorrow with possible chance of rain on Friday. 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 are no advisories, watches or warnings in Whatcom County at this time. Whatcom County Fire Marshal will be initiating a Stage 1 Burn Ban effective 0800 Friday, June 9. See here for more information.
Dry, warm weather will be in store for the next few days as a stable pattern continues to influence the region. These conditions will allow temperatures to remain warmer than average, with highs peaking in the 80s on Wednesday and reaching the 70s on Thursday. Temperatures should dip into the 50s each night. Winds should remain breezy from Wednesday afternoon onward, with gusts potentially reaching 20 mph near the sound on Wednesday night and Thursday.
Looking ahead, there will be an opportunity for a few rain showers on Thursday night and Friday morning, though most shower activity looks to remain off to the east at this time. Dry weather should return for the upcoming weekend and continue into the beginning of next week. Rain showers and cloud cover will likely keep temperatures in the 60s on Friday, but highs should begin to warm up over the weekend and return to the 70s.
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 west at 10 knots in the afternoon with wind waves 2 feet or less. Moving into the evening, winds will come from the southwest at 5-15 knots becoming southerly after midnight. Wind waves 2 feet or less. Tomorrow winds come from the south at 10-20 knots, easing to 5-15 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves will be 1-3 feet. 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.