Pictured above: The New Suffolk boat ramp parking lot, usually a hub of activity on opening day of scallop season, sat empty Monday morning, under heavy winds and the gloom of a likely repeat of last year’s disastrous scallop season.
• We’re expecting heavy winds today, with scattered rain and snow showers before 9 a.m., then scattered rain showers between 9 a.m. and noon, with skies gradually clearing throughout the day and a high temperature near 48 degrees. This morning’s west wind of 18 to 23 miles per hour is expected to increase to 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 37. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers before 11 a.m. Tuesday, but otherwise it will be partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 52. Wednesday will be sunny, with a high near 57.
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• Heavy winds this morning are dampening the opening day of what’s already likely to be a very rough Peconic Bay scallop season. 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 Nov. 13. Register by emailing NFASprograms@gmail.com by Nov. 12. The Southold Rotary’s annual Scallop Dinner will be held takeaway from Touch of Venice restaurant in Cutchogue next Monday, Nov. 9.
• Suffolk County reported 142 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Sunday, with 1.4 percent of people tested testing positive. Forty people are currently hospitalized with the virus in the county, with six of them in ICU. The county reported one new fatality, bringing the death toll here to 2,022.
• In the waning days of this brutal campaign season, we’ve begun to look forward to the end of political posturing and the clarity this election will bring, no matter who wins, on all the vitally important work we will still have ahead of us to heal our deeply wounded nation. Read our November editorial.
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The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:37 a.m., 11:07 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:45 a.m., 10:15 p.m.
Greenport: 11:14 a.m., 11:44 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:01 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:09 a.m., 11:39 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:23 a.m., 12:36 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:30 a.m., 12:43 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:34 a.m., 10:03 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:43 a.m., 8:12 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:16 a.m., 11:51 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:24 a.m., 10:59 p.m.
Greenport: 11:53 a.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:34 a.m., 12:37 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:48 a.m.
New Suffolk: 1:06 a.m., 1:15 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:13 a.m., 1:22 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:04 a.m., 10:42 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:13 a.m., 8:51 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.