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