On August 18th, Governor Inslee ordered a statewide mask mandate. Please see the Governor's website at the following URL: https://www.governor.wa.gov/
COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect.
UPDATE: The U.S. side of the Canadian border will open to vaccinated Canadians starting in early November (https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/12/secretary-mayorkas-allow-fully-vaccinated-travelers-canada-and-mexico-enter-us-land#), however until the official date is announced, the U.S. border remains closed to nonessential traffic. Canada allows fully vaccinated Americans to visit Canada however, there are several additional requirements you need to be aware of. See Canada Border Services Agency for additional requirements: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/gbi-rgf-eng.html.
A "Small Craft Advisory" is in effect from 9:00am this morning until 10:00pm this evening for the northern inland waters including the San Juan Islands for southeast winds 20-30 knots.
See the Washington State Department of Transportation website for intermittent lane closures on i-5 and SR-11 along Interstate 5 at milepost 250 near Old Fairhaven Parkway and along State Route 11 just west of I-5. This will go from October 20 through November 30.
Today's weather will shift from sun in the early part of the day to a chance for rain later. Temperatures will be near 60 degrees except for Point Roberts and Newhalem where they will be 5-10 degrees cooler. There is a chance of rain again tonight becoming mostly cloudy tomorrow before another chance for rain develops. Temperatures overnight will drop to the 40s or a little below for Newhalem. There will a breezed around the area today with Bellingham seeing a southerly direction but from a west or northerly direction in Pt Robert, Blaine, and Sumas. Tomorrow, Point Roberts will see east winds with gusts near 20 mph daytime and near 32 mph in the evening.
Rivers and Streams
The Nooksack will not quite drop back to previous levels before the next shot of rain causes it to rise again. We can expect the forks of the Nooksack to begin a short-lived rise beginning Friday into Saturday. The levels are expected to top well below the tops of the bank so no river flooding is predicted at this time. However, there is always the chance small streams could exceed their bank due to a locally heavy downpour. And, we can't rule out water backing up in low areas yet as a large shedding of the leaves by trees occurred in the last week or so which resulted in some plugged drain and culverts. The best advice is to have an alternate route identified if you had to detour around an area. And, slow down during rain as hydroplaning is a real possibility accompanied by loss of vehicle control. Turn you lights on, use your car's direction signals to inform other drivers of your intentions and increase the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
A front today will increase winds across the area. An active pattern then sets up for the remainder of the week, with breezy conditions likely and swells increasing. Winds. Today: E wind 10-20 knots becoming SE 20-30 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 1-3' building to 3-5' in the afternoon. Rain likely in the afternoon. Tonight: SE wind 15-25 knots easing to 10-20 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2-4'. Rain likely in the evening. Tomorrow: SE wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less. A chance of rain in the afternoon. Tomorrow Night: SE wind 20-30 knots. Wind waves 3-5'. Note. While the current "Small Craft Advisory" runs into this evening, over the coming days there are several periods where winds fall in the 15-25 mph range. Experience has shown that the National Weather Service is likely to issue Small Craft Advisories for those periods in the future. Tune to marine weather to ensure you get the latest weather updates including advisories, watches, or warnings.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
While this is a great time of year, everyone needs to be prepared in the event they find that their planned weekend in the woods does not go the way they intended, and here are a few tips:
Back Country Medical Kit
You definitely need to carry a first aid kit, and for most people and most injuries the following is a good place to start when you are going out in the back country even for a day. There are lots of good sources on the Internet to find kits but the following list is primarily centered around patching cuts and cleaning wounds in an emergency:
Back Country Preparedness Kit
As with your first aid kit, there are lots of good sources on the Internet to find kits and the following suggestions are a good place to start, especially if you are going into the foothills and mountains in our area:
Both the medical and preparedness items listed here are considered to be the minimum a person should take with them. They are not intended to be the only things or to suggest that you do not need anything else. You can find good information locally at:
Information concerning face coverings and other protective actions can be found on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.
These Daily Briefings on Incidents, Advisories, Watches and Warnings, current weather and Emergency Management tips are published Monday through Friday, as well as during times of increased awareness or actual events.