• We’re under a gale warning and flash flood watch until 6 p.m. today as a significant storm moves through the region, dropping between 1 and 2 inches of rain, with winds 20 to 30 miles per hour, gusting to 50 throughout the day. Minor coastal flooding is also expected along South Shore bays. The high temperature will be around 54 degrees by 11 a.m., falling to around 47 during the remainder of the day. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers this evening, mainly before 7 p.m., with skies clearing overnight and a low around 26. Friday will be sunny, with a high near 41, and Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 32.
• Artist and entrepreneur Steve Miller thinks big. He is passionate about the world, the connectivity and integration between art and commerce, science and art, science and nature, nature and art, and ultimately our connection to the health of the planet and the other species that live on it. Read about his new book, “Radiographic,” in our profile by Kara Westerman as part of our Winter Books series.
• The Southampton Town Board will discuss code enforcement statistics, mandating renewable energy systems and town board member project updates at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here.
• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss downtown code changes regarding building height, the closure of the EPCAL walking trail for hunting and town board liaison appointments at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here.
• The North Fork Audubon Society and the North Fork Environmental Council are teaming up next Thursday to plan how to reduce single-use plastics on the North Fork, with a public forum at 6:30 p.m. at the Jamesport Meeting House. More details are online here.
• As part of our Winter Books series, we asked several Beacon staffers to share their thoughts on their writing process. Today, we’re featuring Creative Director George Cork Maul’s piece: The Writers I Know.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:08 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:16 a.m., 11:48 p.m.
Greenport: 12:21 a.m., 12:45 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:21 a.m., 1:42 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:16 a.m., 12:40 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:43 a.m., 2:07 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:50 a.m., 2:14 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:21 a.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:30 a.m., 10:10 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:40 a.m., 1:03 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:11 p.m.
Greenport: 1:17 a.m., 1:40 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:!4 a.m., 2:37 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:12 a.m., 1:35 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:39 a.m., 3:02 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:46 a.m., 3:09 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:01 a.m., 12:16 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:25 a.m., 11:06 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.