It is looking like our weather will be fairly mild and dry 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 through the end of the week with temperatures remaining warm. Skies remain mostly clear to clear through Friday besides some low clouds or patchy fog that develop each night and burn off the following morning. Temperatures remain similar Thursday and Friday afternoons with onshore winds. Breezy SSE winds pick up through Wednesday night near Bellingham as gusts reach 20-25 mph, but winds decrease into Thursday morning.
Conditions look to remain dry through the weekend and into the first half of next week. Temperatures warm another degree or two over the weekend, but temperatures look to rise more Monday through Wednesday of next week and could become hot. The heat may continue through the second half of next week as well, but confidence is low at this time.
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 10-20 knots, becoming southwest at 10 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 1-3 feet, subsiding to less than 1 foot in the afternoon. Patchy fog in the morning. Moving into the evening, winds will continue from the south at 10-20 knots. Wind waves 1-3 feet. Tomorrow winds come from the southwest at 5-15 knots. 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.