It is looking like our weather will start to dry out and warm up for the 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.
Conditions remain mainly dry Wednesday. A stray light shower/sprinkle can be expected from late morning to late afternoon, but any showers/sprinkles remain hit and miss so plenty of dry time mixes in. Conditions could remain entirely dry as showers/sprinkles could remain just E, but they cannot be ruled out. Dry conditions then set in Wednesday night and continue into Thursday with clearing skies before patchy fog develops. Lingering fog burns off into Thursday morning with mostly clear skies and warming temperatures.
Conditions look to remain dry through the end of the week, into the weekend, and through early next week as any showers that develop within the region remain in the Cascades. With dry conditions, temperatures look to gradually warm into the end of the week and remain warm into early next week.
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 10 knots, wind waves 1 foot or less. Moving into the evening, winds will continue from the south at 10-20 knots becoming southeast at 5-15 knots after midnight. Wind waves 1-3 feet. Tomorrow winds come from the northwest at 10 knots becoming 5-15 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves will be 2 feet or less. 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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