Fireboat, Christmas Night, Greenport
Fireboat, Christmas Night, Greenport

Good Morning!

• We’re looking at some possible freezing rain this evening. Be careful out there! Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 41 degrees but wind chill values between 30 and 35. The wind will be out of the north at 11 to 16 miles per hour. There’s a chance of freezing rain and sleet before 10 p.m, becoming all rain after midnight as the temperatures rise. We’re expecting a low tonight hovering around 32 degrees about 8 p.m., then rising to 40 degrees for the rest of the night. It’s expected to rain tomorrow, with an east wind 18 to 23 miles per hour, becoming northwest and weakening in the afternoon. The high will be around 52 degrees and we’re expecting between three-quarters and an inch of rain.Wednesday will be partly sunny, with a high near 51 degrees and a 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 3 p.m.

• We smashed temperature records all Christmas weekend. The Christmas Eve high of 64 degrees at the National Weather Service’s Islip monitoring station beat last year’s record of 60 degrees. The high temperature on Christmas Day was 65 degrees, breaking the 2014 record of 56 degrees. Saturday’s high of 57 degrees beat the 2006 record of 54 degrees and Sunday’s high of 62 degrees beat the 2011 record of 58 degrees.

• The Peconic Baykeeper Inc. filed a lawsuit against Suffolk County in early December over the county’s adoption of its Comprehensive Master Plan this summer without undergoing an extensive environmental review. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• East End Rowing, a community rowing club at 30 McDermott Avenue in Riverhead, is offering a free rowing instruction session to Riverhead Town residents tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 6:30 p.m. The session will cover the basic rigging of rowing shells and the proper way to use indoor rowing machines. For more information, call 516.241.8727 or visit their website here.

• If you’re beginning to plan your New Year’s Eve festivities, we have a few ideas to get you started, online here.

• The Beacon’s last Week in Review of 2015 was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of this morning. Please share today’s issue with a friend! We’re looking to begin 2016 with a robust group of subscribers. You can subscribe online here.

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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