• There’s a slight chance of rain before noon today then a chance of showers, mainly between noon and 4 p.m. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers after 2 p.m. tomorrow, but otherwise it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 71 degrees. Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 64, and Friday will be partly sunny, with a high near 64.
• The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Preservation and Research is working to determine the cause of death of a badly decomposed humpback whale that washed up at Ditch Plains beach in Montauk this past weekend. Their researchers spent the day Monday measuring and taking photos of the carcass. We’ll have more details as they become available.
• The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons will host their East Hampton Candidates Debate tonight, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street. Candidates for Suffolk County Legislator, Town Supervisor and Town Council will face off before the crowd. The Beacon’s full debate schedule for the election season is online here.
• Southampton Town, which is in the midst of digesting a draft of a nearly 200-page Southampton Water Protection Plan, has encountered a good deal of confusion on the part of the public over just what their new plan means. They’re holding their fifth public hearing on the plan at their 1 p.m. meeting this afternoon. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Southampton Town Board will also hold public hearings at their 1 p.m. meeting on whether to grant a Historic Landmark designation to the North Sea Schoolhouse and on decreasing the speed limit on North Road between the Lobster Inn and Hampton Bays from 45 miles per hour to 40. Their full agenda is online here.
• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss a proposed rental registry legislation, hamlet studies and the 2016 budget at their 10 a.m. work session this morning at the Montauk Firehouse.
• The Town of Southold is looking for input from the Mattituck, Laurel and New Suffolk communities on the land use chapter of the town’s Comprehensive Plan. A meeting for Mattituck and Laurel residents will be held tomorrow, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the town’s Human Resource Center at 750 Pacific Street in Mattituck. The New Suffolk meeting will be held this Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. at the New Suffolk School at 1295 Fourth Street in New Suffolk.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.