Good Morning!

• Snow is likely before 10 a.m. today, then a slight chance of light snow between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., with skies clearing throughout the day and a high temperature near 34 degrees, with a northeast wind 5 to 9 miles per hour. New snow accumulation of less than one inch are possible. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 12. Friday will be partly sunny, with a high near 28 and Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

Suffolk County reported 539 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Wednesday, with 4.7 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 642 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 133 of them in ICU. The county reported 11 new fatalities, bringing the death toll here to 2,912 people.

“For the first time since late November, today we can report a positivity rate below 5 percent. While we are still a ways away from the one percent positivity rate we were hovering around for months, our seven day rolling average continues to trend steadily downward,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on Wednesday. “We have made a lot of progress over the last few weeks, and if we keep practicing the common sense safety measures that work, we can keep the decline going until we crush this virus once and for all.”

• The Southampton Town Board will have a joint session with the Southampton Town Trustees at this morning’s 10 a.m. work session to discuss areas of mutual interest. Here’s the agenda.

• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss community outreach plans for the town’s new comprehensive plan at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda.

• The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is holding a public comment session on the South Fork Wind Farm this evening at 5 p.m., followed by another listening session next Tuesday, Feb. 16, also at 5 p.m. Here are more details.

• The Peconic Land Trust and the Peconic Estuary Program are presenting a Zoom program on creating a living shoreline this evening at 6 p.m. Here are the details.

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

February 11
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:17 a.m., 9:38 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:25 a.m., 8:46 p.m.
Greenport: 9:54 a.m., 10:15 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:54 a.m., 11:21 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:49 a.m., 10:10 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:16 a.m., 11:37 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:23 a.m., 11:44 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:34 a.m., 9 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:43 a.m., 7:09 p.m.

February 12
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:02 a.m., 10:24 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:10 a.m., 9:32 p.m.
Greenport: 10:39 a.m., 11:01 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:39 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:34 a.m., 10:56 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:01 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:08 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:18 a.m., 9:44 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:27 a.m., 7:53 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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