• We’re in for a bit of a break from the cold! Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 65 degrees and a southwest wind 9 to 16 miles per hour. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high near 68 degrees, Thursday is expected to be partly sunny, with a high near 70 and a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers, and Friday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 57.
• Bring popcorn to 200 Howell Ave. tonight! The Riverhead Town Board is expecting several big public hearings at their 7 p.m. meeting tonight, including one on allowing Luminat Aerospace to be the primary user of the runway at EPCAL and another on the town’s plan to pierce the state tax levy cap with the town’s 2016 budget. The board will also hold a public hearing on alcohol restrictions at public events and four public hearings on the Jamesport, Riverhead, Wading River and Manorville fire district budgets.
• Tomorrow, Oct. 21, is the day Southold’s founders landed on the town’s shores to begin their colony, and the town is celebrating by burying a time capsule at Silversmith’s Corner in Southold at 5 p.m. The time capsule will be opened on Oct. 21, 2040 as part of the town’s 400th Anniversary celebration. The public is invited to attend tomorrow’s celebration. More information is online here.
• The East Hampton Town Board will hear a presentation of the town’s Climate Action Plan and information on affordable housing projects at their 10 a.m. work session at town hall this morning. Their full agenda is online here.
• The Southold Town Board will discuss a septic upgrade program, the proposed 2016 budget, fuel management, this Thursday’s affordable housing forum, and the Pike Street parking lot purchase from the Mattituck Park District at their 9 a.m. work session this morning. They will hold a public hearing at their 4:30 p.m. meeting to discuss Community Development Block Grant Fund needs. The full agenda for both meetings is online here.
• If you’ve look up into the cold, clear sky this week, chances are you’ve noticed that Orion is high in the sky, a sure sign that we are about to head into winter. But the good thing about Orion’s position right now is it provides for great viewing for the Orionid Meteor Shower, which begins tonight and is expected to peak in the wee hours of tomorrow and Thursday mornings. The meteors originate from a point just to the left of Orion’s upraised club (on his left side, as viewed from Earth (if you are on Earth)). The wee hour viewing suggestion coincides with the setting of the moon, whose light can dampen the experience. Good luck looking up!
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.