It is looking like our weather will be cool after a nice day today with some rain on and off through the weekend. 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.
Currently there are no ongoing advisories, watches or warnings in Whatcom County. Whatcom County Fire Marshal has initiated a Stage 1 Burn Ban effective 0800 Friday, June 9. See here for more information.
The end of the work week is looking mild and mostly dry as we sit in a lull between disturbances. However, a few light rain showers cannot be ruled out late Friday afternoon as the next system moves into the region. That said, any accumulation should be minimal and conditions may just end up staying dry. Temperatures will be slightly warmer on Thursday with a few spots potentially hitting 70, but all areas will otherwise reach the 60s both afternoons. Overnight lows will remain cool with temperatures near 50. Southerly winds should become breezy at times with gusts reaching 15-20 mph.
Light, spotty rain showers will continue tracking across the area on Friday night and Saturday morning, providing light rainfall from time to time before tapering off by Saturday afternoon. However, this window of dry weather will only be temporary as more widespread showers develop early Sunday morning and continue through the day. The beginning of next week is looking showery as well. Cooler than average temperatures will accompany this weather as highs struggle to reach 60 from Sunday onward.
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 becoming 10 knots in the afternoon, wind waves 1-2 feet. Moving into the evening, winds will continue from the south at 10-20 knots becoming 5-15 knots after midnight. Wind waves 1-3 feet. Tomorrow winds come from the south at 5-15 knots becoming 10 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves will be 1-2 feet. 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.
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