Sever Weather Damage 21-18 Emergency Proclamation by the Governor: Covers the severe wind and rainstorm event that began on November 12, 2021. https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/21-18%20-%20Severe%20Weather%20Damage%20%28tmp%29.pdf
ADVISORIES, WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING for hot conditions with high temperatures in the upper 80s to low to mid 90s today. Overnight low temperatures this morning will likely only cool into the 60s for many locations. This will pose a moderate risk of heat-related illness. WHERE...Portions of northwest and west central Washington.
SR-20 (North Cascade Highway) is open; however, there are several areas that will need to have emergency repairs this spring/summer/fall. Traffic control lights are placed at those locations. Long delays should be expected especially over long weekends and holidays. In addition to emergency repairs there are areas where normal road maintenance is scheduled along with several culvert replacements for fish passage. Check WSDOT website for current conditions before traveling.
Inland Whatcom County Weather
Heat advisory continues today as we will see temperatures in the upper 80s to low 90s in places. Lows overnight will generally be in the 60s but Newhalem will be in the upper 50s.There will be some wind tonight in the Bellingham area from the south with gusts to 24 pm. Temperatures in Pt Roberts will be a little cooler. We can expect a front to move through the area tonight and the temperatures will drop substantially from what we see today. Highs tomorrow are going to be in the upper 60s to low 70s. For tomorrow there will be a chance for rain or drizzle with a possible thunderstorm in the Newhalem area. The chance for showers will continue through Wednesday.
Rivers and Streams
A little increase in river level due to the warm temperatures, but nothing to be concerned about. Water is extremely cold due to snowmelt. Be very careful if planning any activity in the water as cold water shock or hypothermia can occur quickly. Wear a life jacket. Remember, you can always go to the Public Works website to check the river levels - https://www.whatcomcounty.us/666/Forecasts-Current-River-Conditions.
Whatcom County Coastal Weather
Thermally induced low pressure will shift eastward today leading to increasing onshore flow into Tuesday. A broad surface trough over the offshore waters will weaken and be replaced by surface ridging midweek. Lower pressure will remain in place east of the Cascades. The second half of the week will feature a fairly typical early summer wind pattern with diurnally driven increases in onshore flow. Winds. TODAY N wind 5 to 15 kt becoming NW to 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. TONIGHT S wind 5 to 15 kt becoming SE 15 to 25 kt after midnight. Wind waves 2 ft or less building to 2 to 4 ft after midnight. TOMORROW: SE wind 20 to 30 kt becoming S 15 to 25 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. A slight chance of showers in the morning then a chance of showers in the afternoon. TOMORROW NIGHT S wind 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
While we have been extremely fortunate concerning the risk for wildfire to date, things could change rapidly with dry, hot weather. Now is the time to inventory your home environment to see what wildfire risks you can mitigate against. To that extent, the following information was taken from the National Fire Protection Agency on wildfire preparedness. Additional information about the wildfires and the Firewise program can be found at the NFPA website: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Preparing-homes-for-wildfire
1. HOME IGNITION ZONES: To increase your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire, choose fire-resistant building materials and limit the amount of flammable vegetation in the three home ignition zones. The zones include the Immediate Zone: (0 to 5 feet around the house), the Intermediate Zone (5 to 30 feet), and the Extended Zone (30 to 100 feet).
2. LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE: To reduce ember ignitions and fire spread, trim branches that overhang the home, porch, and deck and prune branches of large trees up to 6 to 10 feet (depending on their height) from the ground. Remove plants containing resins, oils, and waxes. Use crushed stone or gravel instead of flammable mulches in the Immediate Zone (0 to 5 feet around the house). Keep your landscape in good condition.
3. ROOFING AND VENTS: Class A fire-rated roofing products, such as composite shingles, metal, concrete, and clay tiles, offer the best protection. Inspect shingles or roof tiles and replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration. Box in eaves, but provide ventilation to prevent condensation and mildew. Roof and attic vents should be screened to prevent ember entry.
4. DECKS AND PORCHES: Never store flammable materials underneath decks or porches. Remove dead vegetation and debris from under decks and porches and between deck board joints.
5. SIDING AND WINDOWS: Embers can collect in small nooks and crannies and ignite combustible materials; radiant heat from flames can crack windows. Use fire-resistant siding such as brick, fibercement, plaster, or stucco, and use dual-pane tempered glass windows.
6. EMERGENCY RESPONDER ACCESS: Ensure your home and neighborhood have legible and clearly marked street names and numbers. Driveways should be at least 12 feet wide with a vertical clearance of 15 feet for emergency vehicle access.
7. FINAL THOUGHTS:
Information concerning face coverings and other protective actions can be found on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.
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