It is looking like our weather will be fairly mild and dry over the weekend, warming 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.
Conditions remain dry through Saturday with temperatures remaining warm. Skies remain clear to mostly clear through the period, but some patchy fog can be expected each night and lingers until burning off the following morning. Temperatures cool a degree or so Saturday afternoon compared to Friday.
Conditions look to remain dry through the rest of the weekend and through at least the first half of next week. Conditions could remain dry into the second half of the week as well with showers developing in the mountains Thursday and Friday, but we will keep you updated. Temperatures remain warm into Sunday afternoon, but temperatures look to rise Monday and continue to gradually rise through next week. Highs may become hot by mid 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 west at 10-20 knots becoming 5-15 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 1-3 feet. 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.