• Rain is likely today, mainly before 3 p.m., with a high near 55 and an east wind 7 to 11 miles per hour, becoming north in the afternoon. There’s a 20 percent chance of rain before 9 p.m. this evening, with skies gradually clearing and a low around 42. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 52. Showers are likely after noon Sunday, with increasing clouds, and a high near 60.
• The Covid surge continues here. Suffolk County reported 321 new cases of the virus in the 24 hours ending Thursday, with 2.9 percent of people tested testing positive. Seventy-seven people are currently hospitalized with the virus in Suffolk, with 11 of them in ICU. The county reported no new fatalities from the virus, and the death toll here stands at 2,023.
• New York’s new Covid restrictions — limiting indoor gatherings to 10 people and requiring bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m., go into effect at 10 p.m. tonight. Takeout can still be ordered after 10 p.m.
• The North Fork Audubon Society is discussing issues facing this year’s scallop population in a Zoom seminar with Dr. Stephen Tettelbach of the Peconic Bay Scallop Restoration Program this evening at 7 p.m. Register by emailing NFASprograms@gmail.com. The program is also being taped and we will share the video link next week.
• Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island is carrying on a 17-year-long tradition by holding its annual film festival today and tomorrow, with limited seating at the Parrish Art Museum and the Sag Harbor Cinema and an online-only option. Here are more details.
• Outdoor enthusiasts will tell you there’s no such thing as bad weather and that inappropriate clothing is the real culprit when trying to recreate outside in less-than-ideal conditions. We hasten to add another tool to the outdoor winter toolbox — a great warm backyard picnic of pumpkin soup and warm cheesy scones. Here’s the latest from The Peconic Dish.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:35 a.m., 7:58 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:43 a.m., 7:06 p.m.
Greenport: 8:12 a.m., 8:35 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:08 a.m., 9:38 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:07 a.m., 8:30 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:34 a.m., 9:57 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:41 a.m., 10:04 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:53 a.m., 7:11 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:02 a.m., 5:20 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:22 a.m., 8:47 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:30 a.m., 7:55 p.m.
Greenport: 8:59 a.m., 9:24 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:58 a.m., 10:29 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:54 a.m., 9:19 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:21 a.m., 10:46 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:28 a.m., 10:53 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:43 a.m., 8:03 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:52 a.m., 6:12 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.