It is looking like our weather will be providing a slight cooling over the weekend, but likely to warm up again later next week. As it warms up and dries out, think about fire safety. .
There are no active incidents in Whatcom County at this time.
There is a small craft advisory for the northern inland waters including the San Juan Islands from 1700 today to 0500 Saturday. For more information see here.
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.
Marine air will begin filtering into the region Thursday night, which should slightly cool temperatures and may allow low clouds to develop just before sunrise. Any clouds should lift on Friday morning. This marine influence will keep afternoon highs much cooler than the past few days, ranging from the mid 70s near the water to near 80 farther inland. Breezy winds gusting to 15-20 mph will help keep areas near the water on the cooler side. A similar cycle should play out on Friday night and Saturday, with low clouds potentially developing overnight and lifting during the following morning. Temperatures on Saturday will be fairly similar to the previous day.
Conditions should remain dry through the second half of the weekend and the upcoming week. Afternoon highs will climb into the upper 70s once again on Sunday, but should run a few degrees cooler during the first half of next week. A slight warm up appears possible during the second half of the week, however. Winds will continue to become slightly breezy during the afternoon/evening hours each day, but nothing too strong is expected.
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 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4 feet. Moving into the evening, winds will continue from the south at 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4 feet. Tomorrow winds come from the south at 10-20 knots. Wind waves will be 1-3 feet. For a look at real-time coastal weather and tides you can link here to the Cherry Point NOAA Tide Station.
Visit the Whatcom County Health Department's Wildfire Smoke for up-to-date information and air quality.
Learn the Fire Evacuation Levels
Level 1: Ready
A level one threat means it is time to prepare to evacuate. Review your emergency plan and evacuation routes, including plans for pets or livestock. Ensure your Go-Kit is packed and ready. Follow local news on TV, radio or social media.
Level 2: Get Set
A level two threat means the emergency is less predicable and you need to be ready to leave at any moment. If you have young children or vulnerable dependents you should leave now so you have time to evacuate safely. Keep monitoring the news for updates.
Level 3: Go
A level 3 alert means there is immediate, extreme danger in your area. Evacuate immediately.
Wildfire is a cause of concern for us all in the Evergreen State. While wildfire has historically played a crucial role in Washington's forest ecology, climate change and other factors have led to longer, more destructive fire seasons, which threaten communities throughout the state's diverse landscape. But there are a number of steps landowners can take to protect their property -- and their neighbors'.
Every year across our nation, some homes survive - while many others do not - after a major wildfire. Those that survive almost always do so because their owners had prepared for the eventuality of fire, which is an inescapable force of nature in fire-prone wildland areas.
You may also visit the National Fire Protection Association’s Preparing Homes for Wildfire website for additional information.
Tips For Home Landscaping In Dry Conditions
If your fire escapes, you will be responsible for paying for fire suppression personnel and equipment, as required by state law.
Additional Prevention Tips
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