• We’re expecting a spate of cold weather over the next couple days. Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 34 degrees, but wind chill values between 15 and 20 degrees due to a north wind from 14 to 17 miles per hour. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 14 and wind chill values between zero and 10 degrees. We’re expecting more of the same tomorrow, with sunny skies, a high near 31 and north winds from 10 to 15 miles per hour, pushing the wind chill values to between zero and 10 degrees. Wednesday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 43, and we’re expecting temperatures in the mid-40s for the remainder of the week.
• This past year was a year of wake-up calls for the changing environment of the East End, and we’re going to be closely following what our local governments do in response to those wake-up calls this year — from the fish die-off in the Peconic Bay, to ever-increasing gridlock traffic on our roads to rampant partying in Montauk and the ongoing debate over how to protect our shores from climate change. The Beacon’s run-down of stories we’ll be watching closely in 2016 is online here.
• The Beacon launched a sister ship, The Peconic Bathtub, on the first day of the new year. While the East End Beacon focuses on what’s shaping these twin forks that jut out into the Peconic Estuary, the Peconic Bathtub is all about the water body in between the forks, a water body that connects us all. You can read The Peconic Bathtub online here.
• Southold Town is hosting a special inauguration event this morning for the town’s officials who were elected in November. Ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. in the Peconic Lane Community Center auditorium (in the former Peconic School at 1170 Peconic Lane in Peconic), followed by a social hour and refreshments.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.