It is looking like our weather will be cool with possible chance of rain for the next couple days, but warming back up. 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.
This extended stretch of abnormally dry weather will soon come to an end as rain showers move into the region. Light rain showers are expected to continue tracking across the county on Friday, eventually becoming a bit more prevalent during the afternoon. These showers are expected to remain fairly light, they will be enough to dampen surfaces. As a result of these showers, temperatures will struggle to reach 60 on Friday afternoon. Scattered showers are expected to taper off by sunset on Friday evening, providing a brief lull in the rain before a few showers develop late overnight. These showers will linger into early Saturday morning, but should end by mid morning. The rest of Saturday should be dry as skies clear during the afternoon, allowing temperatures to climb into the 60s.
Looking ahead, dry weather appears to continue through the rest of the weekend and at least the first half of next week. This period of dry weather will be accompanied by warmer than average temperatures, with most areas experiencing temperatures in the 70s. A brief warm up to the low 80s cannot be ruled out for inland portions of the county on Monday, however.
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, wind waves 2 feet or less and a chance of rain. Moving into the evening, winds will continue from the south at 10-20 knots. Wind waves 1-3 feet. A chance of rain in the evening, then rain likely after midnight. Tomorrow winds come from the south at 5-15 knots. Wind waves will be 2 feet or less. Chance of rain in the morning, then a slight chance of rain in the afternoon. 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.