Good Morning!

• We’re expecting rain today, mainly before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of showers after 2 p.m., with patchy fog in the morning and a high temperature near 51. The wind will be out of the southwest at 10 to 15 miles per hour, becoming west in the afternoon. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 21. Wednesday will be sunny, with a high near 32. There’s a 90 percent chance of snow Thursday, with a high near 33.

• Real estate reports for the pandemic year paint a statistical picture of what had anecdotally already been predicted to be a barnburner of a year. Numbers of sales, median price and sales volume all climbed through the roof, while a tightening inventory of houses on the North Fork seemed to be the only thing holding the market back from the stratosphere. Here’s our full report.

• To say that we are living in interesting times just might be the understatement of the century. On a macro level, we are staring into an abyss that seems to have only widened over the last several years, and appears to have reached its darkest depths during the recent events that took place at our nation’s Capitol building.  Much has been said about those who gathered and participated in the insurrection, begging the question: “Is this who we are?” Our columnist Dave Davis answers with an emphatic ‘no.’

• Suffolk County reported 525 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, Feb. 14, with 3.9 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 547 people hospitalized Sunday with the virus in Suffolk County, with 114 of them in ICU. The county reported 15 new fatalities, bringing the death toll from the virus here to 2,968 people.

• The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its draft environmental impact statement on the South Fork Wind Farm in mid-January, and is accepting comments on the document in a Zoom hearing this evening at 5 p.m. More information is online here.

Update: This meeting was cancelled by Southold Town late Tuesday afternoon. We will have more information when it is rescheduled. Southold Town will hold the second of two public information sessions on the New Suffolk Parking Study via Zoom this evening at 6 p.m. Here’s how to join.

• Drawdown East End’s ongoing discussion series with Southampton’s Rogers Memorial Library continues this evening at 7 p.m. with Diane Shapiro and Mary Morgan, who will discuss “Seafood for the Future.” Here are more details.

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

February 16
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:39 a.m., 12:59 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:07 p.m.
Greenport: 1:16 a.m., 1:36 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:05 a.m., 2:29 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:11 a.m., 1:31 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:38 a.m., 2:58 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:45 a.m., 3:05 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:08 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:17 a.m., 10:43 p.m.

February 17
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:26 a.m., 1:47 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:34 a.m., 12:55 p.m.
Greenport: 2:03 a.m., 2:24 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:47 a.m., 3:15 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:58 a.m., 2:19 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:25 a.m., 3:46 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:32 a.m., 3:53 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:34 a.m., 12:52 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:01 a.m., 11:24 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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