• We’re expecting partly sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 42 degrees but wind chill values between 20 and 30, with a west wind 10 to 18 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 30. We’re expecting rain on Wednesday and into Thursday, with a high near 39 Wednesday. Skies will clear on Thursday, with a west wind 16 to 24 miles per hour.
• The Southampton Town Board holds a public hearing on the purchase of development rights for Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck this afternoon at 1 p.m. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live on Sea-TV’s YouTube channel.
• The Southampton Fire Department at 470 Hampton Road in Southampton hosts a New York Blood Center blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. today. Appointments are recommended and can be made online here.
• CAST in Southold Town will host its first-ever Splash for CAST, a Polar Bear Plunge at Truman’s Beach in East Marion, this Sunday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. There will be hot coffee and cocoa and fire pits warming the plungers. Here’s how to register.
• The Beacon welcomes a new columnist, Leonard Green of ChangeHampton, to our Climate Local Now team this month with a column about Restoring Habitat, One Yard at a Time.
• The East Hampton Town Trustees are now accepting submissions for their annual resident kayak storage lottery, which will be held on March 15. Here’s more info.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:33 a.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:41 a.m., 11:11 p.m.
Greenport: 12:10 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:46 a.m., 1:08 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:05 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:07 a.m., 1:32 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:14 a.m., 1:39 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:48 a.m., 11:21 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:57 a.m., 9:30 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:03 a.m., 12:25 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:33 a.m.
Greenport: 12:40 a.m., 1:02 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:38 a.m., 2:01 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:35 a.m., 12:57 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:02 a.m., 2:24 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:09 a.m., 2:31 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:41 a.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:50 a.m., 10:25 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.