• We’re expecting patchy drizzle after 1 p.m. today, but otherwise it will be partly sunny, with a high near 44 degrees but wind chill values between 25 and 35 due to an east wind blowing at 7 to 14 miles per hour. There’s a 20 percent chance of more patchy drizzle and light rain tonight, when the low will be around 37. Saturday will be cloudy, with a high near 48 degrees and a 20 percent chance of light rain. We’re expecting heavy rain Sunday before 3 p.m., with a high near 57 degrees and new precipitation between three-quarters and one inch.
• The Flanders Fire Department will host a blood drive tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 9 from 1 to 7 p.m. at their firehouse at 19 Firehouse Lane in Flanders. More information is online here.
• The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons has announced they will host a candidate debate for the special Southampton Town Board election to replace Brad Bender at the Westhampton Free Library on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. Julie Lofstad and Richard Yastrzemski are seeking the seat. The special election will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
• Scientists and veterinarians at the New York Aquarium have discovered a nursery ground for sand tiger sharks in Long Island’s Great South Bay, according to a new article published in phys.org. People have been catching these small sharks in the bay for years. Recently, scientists began tagging juvenile sharks and found the majority of sharks caught and released returned to the same section of the bay, displaying “site fidelity.”
• It’s Elvis’s 81st birthday today, wherever he is. Local radio is celebrating today, and heck, why not, you should too.
• There’s plenty to do all over the East End this weekend. Our calendar of events, which includes, music, hikes, book readings, nature talks, art openings and other events for the week ahead, is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.