• There’s a 20 percent chance of snow before 8 a.m. today, but otherwise it will be cloudy, with a high near 35 and a north wind 9 to 11 miles per hour. Skies will clear overnight, with a low around 18. Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 33 and Thursday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.
•Congressman Lee Zeldin joined with environmentalists and town supervisors from around the East End at a press conference last Friday to implore Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to ask the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to hold a public hearing on the proposed drilling on Long Island, not in Albany as currently proposed for Feb. 15″ The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Southold Town Board will discuss the NYSERDA solar energy outreach program, a solid waste district capital project, the Army Corps of Engineers Hashamomuck Cove restoration plan and a cleanup at 76 Step Beach in Greenport at their 9 a.m. work session this morning. The board will hold a public hearing on changes to the town’s wetland code at their 4:30 p.m. meeting this afternoon. The full agenda for both meetings is online here.
• Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith will host a special meeting of the Riverhead Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. The supervisor says she plans to hold this tri-board meeting will allow the three boards to meet and discuss topics of common interest.
• Early tomorrow morning is a phenomenon that astronomers are calling a “super blue blood moon,” essentially a lunar eclipse that occurs on the second full moon of the month when the moon is at its closest position to the earth. The eclipse will be visible in the western sky across the country in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but East Coasters have perhaps the worst timing — the moon will begin entering the penumbra of the earth’s shadow at 5:51 a.m., and will enter totality at 6:48 a.m here — just minutes before sunrise (and moonset) at 7:02 a.m. Find a place with an unobstructed view of the western sky to best view this eclipse, or, better yet, get yourself to somewhere in the Central Time Zone ASAP.
• If the morning isn’t your time, that’s ok. The Quogue Wildlife Refuge will also be hosting a “Once in a Blue Moon” night hike Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. [$5-$10]
• Fresh from his legal battles with Santa at the North Pole, our columnist, Tim Kelly, enters awards season with Cary Grant’s cameo at a Bohack’s in Westhampton Beach on his mind. Read his latest column online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:22 a.m., 8:45 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:30 a.m., 7:53 p.m.
Greenport: 8:59 a.m., 9:22 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:55 a.m., 10:29 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:54 a.m., 9:17 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:21 a.m., 10:44 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:28 a.m., 10:51 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:46 a.m., 6:19 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:13 a.m., 9:37 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:21 a.m., 8:45 p.m.
Greenport: 9:50 a.m., 10:14 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:49 a.m., 11:21 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:45 a.m., 10:09 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:12 a.m., 11:36 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:19 a.m., 11:43 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:38 a.m., 7:11 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.