• Here’s the skinny on today’s ridiculous cold snap, which should abate slightly later on: Today we’re expecting a high near 18 degrees with wind chills between -10 and -20 degrees. Tonight, the thermometer will dip down to 8 degrees, but the wind will also die down so it is expected to feel like between -5 and zero degrees. Tomorrow, we’re expecting 2 to 4 inches of snow, with a high of 26 and wind chills between 5 and 15 degrees. Tuesday night, we’re expecting a low around 7 degrees and on Wednesday we may see some light snow with a high around 29.
• If you’re missing the loving feeling of Valentine’s Day, or if you didn’t get a chance to experience the holiday for whatever sad reason of the heart, perhaps you need some help from the poets to brighten up your outlook, You will find such help online here.
• Canio’s Books is hosting a two-session workshop titled “Writing About Nature” with Scott Chaskey, head farmer at Quail Hill CSA in Amagansett and author, most recently, of Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds. The first session will be this Thursday, Feb. 19 and the second session will be next Thursday, Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m. Registration is $75. Contact Maryann or Kathryn at Canio’s at 631.725.4926 for more information.
• North Fork Audubon cancelld their Great Backyard Bird Count at the Red House yesterday, but if you have the day off, you can participate in the GBBC from your own backyard today. Visit http://www.audubon.org/
• Tom Damiani of North Fork Audubon is also looking for help freeing the trees from Asiatic Bittersweet and other vines at Inlet Pond County Park in the upcoming weeks. If you can help, give him a call for information about meeting times at 631.275.3202 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The South Fork Natural History Museum has a great series of winter break programs in store for the week ahead. The Beacon’s full list is online here.
• If you’d gotten The Beacon’s Week in Review delivered to you inbox in the wee hours of Sunday morning, you wouldn’t have had to trudge through the snow and the wind to your curbside for the news. Get your own free copy, or help your friends get their own free copy each week by signing up here:http://eepurl.com/Amk7T
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.