In Downs Creek
In Downs Creek

Good Morning!

• We’re looking at flurries throughout the day today, with a high near 37 degrees but wind chill values between 5 and 15, a marked improvement over this weekend’s deep freeze. The snow is expected to turn to freezing rain tonight, becoming all rain after midnight, with areas of fog after 3 a.m. The temperature is expected to rise to around 46 degrees by 5 a.m. Tuesday. We’re expecting heavy rain, aires of fog and a high near 59 on Tuesday, with a south wind increasing to 16 to 21 miles per hour by afternoon. The total rainfall is expected to be between a half and three quarters of an inch. Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 45 and a west wind 8 to 10 miles per hour.

• Yesterday set the record for low temperature on Valentine’s Day at the National Weather Service’s Islip climate data station. The low of 0 degrees was set at 8:21 a.m. — breaking last year’s record low of 7 degrees. The record high for Valentine’s Day was 60 degrees, set in 1990. We also set a record low of 4 degrees on Saturday, Feb. 13. The previous record of 9 degrees was set during last winter’s deep February freeze. The record high for Feb. 13 was 56 degrees, set in 2008.

• Today is not George Washington’s birthday, but it is the day George Washington’s birthday is celebrated by banks, government offices, the post office and the stock market, so don’t go to any of those places today. George Washington’s real birthday is Feb. 22, but it is celebrated like clockwork on the third Monday of each February. Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was last Friday, but we are all welcome to celebrate him today too, despite the fact that New York State considers today Washington’s Birthday, not Presidents Day.

• If your kids are staring down a week indoors with trepidation, both the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and the South Fork Natural History Museum have nature programs running all week. More information is online here.

• As the controversial work to build a sandbag revetment along the oceanfront of downtown Montauk continues this month, the environmental group Defend H2O has dropped a lawsuit filed nearly a year ago, because “construction has progressed to a point where the damages to the beach and natural protective features are too far gone.” The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. To get your own copy each week, sign up 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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