• We’re expecting rain today, with a high temperature near 51 degrees and a south wind 5 to 10 miles per hour, increasing to 12 to 17 mph in the afternoon. Rain will taper off overnight, with a low around 31 and a west wind 9 to 11 miles per hour. We’re expecting mostly sunny skies on Thursday, with a high near 40. We’re expecting snow on Friday, beginning around 2 a.m., with accumulations of 2 to 5 inches before the day is through and a high temperature around 34 degrees.
• Throughout the world, citizen scientists are doing some vital work in monitoring the health of our environment, and the East End is no exception. This past year, the North Fork Environmental Council signed on to a comprehensive project organized by Connecticut non-profit Save The Sound to document changes in water quality throughout the year in Mattituck Creek and Goldsmith Inlet, giving environmentalists insight into the health of the only two East End embayments that drain into the Long Island Sound. Read more on our sister website, The Peconic Bathtub.
• Drawdown Festival – Tools for Regeneration: Forums! Fun! Films! blankets the weekend from January 21-23, 2022 with talks, workshops and films on “actions we can all take to regenerate our earth and reverse climate devastation.” Read more in this month’s Climate Local Now, a partnership between the East End Beacon and Drawdown East End.
• Suffolk County reported 4,193 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, Jan. 2, with 27.3 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 785 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 118 of them in ICU. The county reported eight new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 3,834 people since March of 2020.
• The North Fork Community Theatre will hold auditions for its winter production of “The Laramie Project,” running Feb. 25 through March 13, this evening at 7 p.m. at the theater at 12700 Old Sound Avenue in Mattituck. “The Laramie Project,” by Moises Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project, is about the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. There is no need for actors to prepare anything in advance for the audition for this ensemble play. Email the director at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or if you’re interested in being in the play but unable to make the audition.
• All dates for Bay Street Theatre’s January 2022 Fireside Sessions with Nancy Atlas have been postponed, “out of an abundance of caution due to the high rates of coronavirus transmission,” according to the theater. New dates are expected to be selected in the weeks to come. Already purchased tickets will be valid for the new dates. If you are unable to attend on the new dates, the theater will coordinate exchanges, donations or refunds.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:34 a.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:42 a.m., 11:12 p.m.
Greenport: 12:11 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:48 a.m., 1:08 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:06 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:07 a.m., 1:33 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:14 a.m., 1:40 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:50 a.m., 11:25 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:59 a.m., 9:34 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:04 a.m., 12:27 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:35 a.m.
Greenport: 12:41 a.m., 1:04 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:41 a.m., 2:02 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:36 a.m., 12:59 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:03 a.m., 2:26 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:10 a.m., 2:33 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:44 a.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:53 a.m., 10:30 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.