It is looking like our weather will be cool with some rain on and off through the weekend and into next 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.
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.
A subject of note here is the Mt Baker Hwy closure which is affecting a large area of the county. Please visit the Whatcom County Public Works Road Closures and Restrictions page for more information.
A shift to a wetter, cooler than average weather pattern will occur over the course of the forecast period. Cloud cover increases ahead of an approaching disturbance with a few light rain showers after 10-11am Friday as a cold front passes through the region. That said, most of Friday is expected to remain dry, and any rainfall accumulation should be rather light for that matter. Friday will also be cooler compared to the previous day as highs only reach the 60s.
Friday night will present a better opportunity for accumulating rain as showers end early in the evening and redevelop overnight. Saturday is looking mostly dry, however, as any lingering showers from the previous night taper off by mid morning. Winds are expected to be rather breezy through the forecast period, but likely reach peak intensity on Friday morning and Saturday afternoon as gusts top out near 15-20 mph.
Cool, showery weather is expected to continue through the rest of the weekend and the first half of next week. Saturday night should be dry, but widespread rain showers develop on Sunday morning and continue through the daytime hours. Conditions then look to remain dry on Sunday night. While shower coverage on Monday appears spotty at this time, another round of widespread rain is expected on Monday night and Tuesday. This active pattern will likely keep temperatures in the 40s/50s through the middle of the week. The second half of next week is looking drier and warmer, 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 1-3 feet. A slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Moving into the evening, winds will continue from the southwest at 10-20 knots. Wind waves 2-4 feet. A slight chance of showers in the evening. Tomorrow winds come from the southwest at 5-15 knots becoming 10-20 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves will be 1-3 feet. A slight chance of showers. 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.