Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 39 degrees but wind chill values between 20 and 30, with a northwest wind 8 to 14 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 19. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 40 degrees but wind chills between 10 and 20, with a northeast wind 7 to 17 miles per hour. We’re expecting snow before 2 a.m. Thursday, changing to rain and snow, with a low around 32 degrees and an overnight accumulation of 3 to 5 inches, followed by an additional accumulation of 2 to 4 inches Thursday, mostly before 1 p.m., with a northeast wind throughout the storm of 23 to 28 miles per hour, increasing to 31 to 36 after midnight.

• The Suffolk County Legislature will hold a public hearing this afternoon, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. on changes to its aquaculture lease program in the Peconic Estuary, which has become the source of contention between recreational boaters and shellfish farmers who have recently built a viable industry out of growing oysters here. Here’s more information.

Suffolk County reported 1,087 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Monday, with 6.7 percent of the people tested testing positive. There were 476 people in Suffolk hospitals with Covid on Monday, with 76 of them in ICU. The county reported five new deaths from the virus on Monday, bringing the death toll here to 2,118 people.

• The Southold Town Board will hold a public informational meeting on parking in the quiet bayside hamlet New Suffolk this evening at 7 p.m. Here’s how to join the Zoom meeting.

• The Southold Town Board has a long day today — They’re expected to discuss Dark Skies initiatives, a new police boat, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and the emergency dredging permit for Goldsmith’s Inlet at their 9 a.m. work session this morning, along with two proposed waivers from the Mattituck business corridor building moratorium at their 4:30 p.m. regular meeting. Here’s the agenda for both meetings. Here’s the Zoom login info for the morning work session, and here’s the Zoom login info for the 4:30 p.m. regular meeting.

• Southold’s Justice Review & Reform Task Force also meets at 6 p.m. Here’s the Zoom login info for that meeting.

• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss the Suffolk County Hazard Mitigation Plan, Covid-19 funding for its Human Services department and re-zoning recommendations in the Wainscott Hamlet Plan at its 11 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda.

• The Riverhead Town Board meets this afternoon at 2 p.m. No public hearings are scheduled. Here’s the agenda, and here’s the Zoom login info.

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:

December 15
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:45 a.m., 10:13 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:53 a.m., 9:21 p.m.
Greenport: 10:22 a.m., 10:50 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:20 a.m., 11:54 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:17 a.m., 10:45 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:44 a.m.
South Jamesport: 11:51 a.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:03 a.m., 9:31 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:12 a.m., 7:40 p.m.

December 16
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: 12:11 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:09 a.m., 11:39 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:12 a.m., 12:36 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:19 a.m., 12:43 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:53 a.m., 10:24 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:02 a.m., 8:33 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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