It is looking like our weather this week will be warm. As it warms up and dries out, think about fire safety.
There is a small craft advisory for the northern inland waters, including the San Juan Islands. See here for more information.
There are no current 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.
Dry conditions are expected through the end of the week with temperatures remaining warm. With mostly clear skies, highs rise into the mid 80s Thursday afternoon for most areas, but slightly cooler temperatures are expected near the coast. The marine layer then moves inland Thursday night, but skies remain mostly clear skies into Friday with temperatures cooling a degree or two compared to Thursday.
Conditions look to remain dry throughout the weekend and into Monday of next week. With the marine layer moving inland each night over the weekend, temperatures look a bit cooler compared to Thursday, but still remain warm. Some patchy mist may also develop with low clouds, but that is more uncertain as it depends on the coverage of low clouds. Another disturbance then looks to move in Tuesday and bring a few more showers to the area throughout the day and again into Wednesday.
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 come from the south at 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4 feet. Tomorrow winds come from the south at 10-20 knots becoming 5-15 knots in the afternoon. 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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