• We’re expecting rain today, mainly after noon, with areas of fog before 9 a.m. and a high near 58 degrees. Light and variable winds will become east 6 to 11 miles per hour in the morning. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch are possible. We’re expecting showers and possibly a thunderstorm overnight, with a low around 51. Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 57 and Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 51.
• Congressman Lee Zeldin announced in a press conference in Flanders Tuesday that the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today to approve a new, unique zip code for the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton, which currently share a zip code with neighboring Riverhead. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The annual Big Duck holiday lighting in Flanders doesn’t have a rain date, so put on your raincoat if you’re planning to head over there to celebrate tonight. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. Our full holiday lighting schedule for the week ahead is online here.
• Non-profits throughout the East End launched annual Giving Tuesday campaigns yesterday, which provide a great opportunity to give back to your favorite environmental and cultural groups. We’ve compiled a few unique specific projects that have come our way over the past few weeks that are also deserving of the community’s support. More information is online here.
• The Peconic Estuary Program will be hosting a workshop to build fishing line disposal receptacles at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County in Riverhead this Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 12:30. All are welcome to come help out, but reservations are required. More details are online here.
• Southold Town is again helping kids send letters to Santa this week. Drop your letters off in the red mailbox at the recreation center or mail them to: Santa Clause, c/o Southold Town Recreation Department, P.O. Box 267, Peconic, NY 11958. To ensure a reply from Santa, letters must be received by Friday, Dec. 16. Late arriving letters will not be answered — it does take some time to forward them to the North Pole. Due to the volume of letters received, they’re accepting letters from Southold Town residents only. Remember to include a return address!
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
MTK Hbr: 9:15 a.m., 9:45 p.m.
Orient: 10:16 a.m., 10:46 p.m.
Greenport: 10:44 a.m., 11:14 p.m.
Sag Hbr: 10:39 a.m., 11:09 p.m.
N. Suffolk: 12:06 p.m.
S. JPT: 12 a.m., 12:13 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:20 a.m., 7:42 p.m.
MTK Hbr: 9:56 a.m., 10:28 p.m.
Orient: 10:57 a.m., 11:29 p.m.
Greenport: 11:25 a.m., 11:57 p.m.
Sag Hbr: 11:20 a.m., 11:52 p.m.
N. Suffolk: 12:36 a.m., 12:47 p.m.
S. JPT: 12:43 a.m., 12:54 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:54 a.m., 8:19 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.