It is looking like our weather will be mild this week with some rain possible at the end of the week. 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 in effect from 1700 today to 0300 Tuesday for northern inland waters including the San Juan Islands. For more information click here. Whatcom County Fire Marshal will be initiating a Stage 1 Burn Ban effective 0800 Friday, June 9. See here for more information.
Monday morning we can expect to see lingering low clouds/patchy fog which will likely burn off mid morning. Then mostly clear skies will be seen through the rest of the day with warmer daytime temperatures. Monday night we will be seeing mostly clear skies and increasing clouds as the night progresses with potential for patchy fog developing into the early morning hours on Tuesday. Overcast skies through Tuesday morning will be expected and may even get socked in through the rest of the day. With potential for a few light rain showers/drizzle near Maple Falls and possibly around the Samish Curves during the afternoon hours. Temperatures will be running much cooler on Tuesday with a strong marine air push.
Dry conditions look to hold strong most of the week before the next steadier band of precipitation arrive late Friday afternoon to early evening. Showery and wet conditions then expected through the rest of the weekend and for the start of the next week. Temperatures will likely remain low as well with daytime temperatures through the week only reaching into the mid to upper 60s; possibly low 70s in spots.
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 10-20 knots becoming 5-15 knots in the afternoon, wind waves 1-3 feet. Moving into the evening, winds will come from the south at 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4 feet. Tomorrow winds come from the south at 10-20 knots rising to 15-25 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.
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.