Pictured Above: Awaiting the storm.
• There’s a chance of showers this morning before 11 a.m, before the weather turns nasty this afternoon, with heavy rain and possibly a thunderstorm this afternoon. We will be under a wind advisory from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with gusts as high as 49 miles per hour possible. The high temperature will be near 62 degrees. Showers and high winds will continue overnight, with a low around 52. There’s a 40 percent chance of showers Tuesday, with mostly cloudy skies throughout the day. The temperature will rise to near 54 degrees by 10 a.m, then fall to around 49 for the remainder of the day. Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 45.
• We share in the North Fork’s mourning this week of former Southold Town Councilman, Deputy Town Supervisor and Mattituck School Board president Bill Ruland, who passed away last Tuesday at the age of 72. Mr. Ruland carried so many torches for the community, said Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell at a graveside service at Mattituck’s New Bethany Cemetery Sunday, that each of us would need to carry a separate torch to carry on his good work.
• Covid infection, hospitalization and death numbers here are continuing to rise. Suffolk County reported 604 new cases of the virus in the 24 hours ending Sunday, with 4.9 percent of people tested testing positive. Two hundred thirty-three people were hospitalized with the virus, an increase of 11 from the prior 24 hours, with 47 people in ICU. The county reported two new deaths on Sunday, and has reported a total of 13 new deaths since we last reported numbers before the Thanksgiving break on Nov. 25.
• All three local hospitals on the East End have recently stopped accepting most visitors due to the Covid-19 surge. Here are the links to the current visitor policies at Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and Peconic Bay Medical Center.
• The Hamptons Doc Fest is hoping this year’s virtual programming, made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, will expand the audience for its unique glimpse at the work being done by some of the best documentary filmmakers around. This year’s 10-day festival starts Thursday. Here’s our full story.
• The Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association will discuss how we can take care of ourselves and each other this holiday season at its monthly meeting, held via Zoom, this evening at 6:30 p.m. Here’s the login information.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:32 a.m., 10 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:40 a.m., 9:08 p.m.
Greenport: 10:09 a.m., 10:37 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:59 a.m., 11:32 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:04 a.m., 10:32 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:31 a.m., 11:59 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:38 a.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:35 a.m., 9:03 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:44 a.m., 7:12 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:10 a.m., 10:43 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:18 a.m., 9:51 p.m.
Greenport: 10:47 a.m., 11:20 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:35 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:42 a.m., 11:15 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:09 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:06 a.m., 12:16 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:07 a.m., 9:41 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:16 a.m., 7:50 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today