It is looking like our weather will be fairly mild 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 dry into the beginning of the week for most areas with temperatures remaining warm. A stray shower or isolated thunderstorms can be expected Monday afternoon in the foothills and mountains and continue before tapering off late afternoon/early evening. Showers/thunderstorms remain spotty, so dry time mixes in in east areas. Thunderstorms remain weak, so brief heavy rain and lightning are the main concerns. Elsewhere, conditions remain dry with low clouds or patchy fog developing each night and gradually burning off into the following morning.
Most hours Wednesday look to remain dry, but a few stray showers or isolated thunderstorms look to develop in the Cascades into the afternoon. Conditions then look to dry out overnight area wide and remain dry through the end of the week and into the weekend ahead. With dry conditions, temperatures look to gradually warm with temperatures peaking over the weekend.
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. Moving into the evening, winds will continue from the south at 10-29 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 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.
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.