Good Morning!

• It will be mostly cloudy today, with a high temperature near 53 degrees and a southwest wind 11 to 16 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 28 mph. We’re expecting showers and possibly a thunderstorm overnight, with a south wind 16 to 21 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch are possible. There’s a 50 percent chance of showers before 10 a.m. Friday, when it is expected to be cloudy through mid morning, then gradually clearing, with the temperature falling to around 36 by 5 p.m. Saturday will be mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 40.

• The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is holding a virtual public session this afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. about a new water quality study of Long Island Sound embayments. The study is being conducted as part of the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan and will explore potential technologies available to exchange more sea water into embayments along the Long Island Sound to help reduce the accumulation of nutrients, particularly nitrogen, and improve the health of the Sound. Here’s the login info.

• Concerned Citizens of Montauk President Laura Tooman is hosting two informal virtual open house conversations about Montauk and CCOM’s environmental priorities via Zoom today at 5 p.m. and on Thursday, March 17, both at 5 p.m. For more information on how to register, visit PreserveMontauk.org/Events

• The Riverhead Town Board will be discussing an update on its comprehensive plan and the town’s 2020 audit report at its 9:30 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live here.

• The Greenport American Legion Roller Rink is hosting a New York Blood Center blood drive this afternoon and evening from 1 to 7 p.m. Appointments are recommended, and can be made online here.

Suffolk County reported 153 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, Feb.14, with 3.5 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 251 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 36 of them in ICU. The county reported two new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,303 people since March of 2020.

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

Feb. 17
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:19 a.m., 10:42 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:27 a.m., 9:50 p.m.
Greenport: 10:56 a.m., 11:19 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:44 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:51 a.m., 11:14 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:03 a.m., 12:18 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:10 a.m., 12:25 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:14 a.m., 9:45 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:23 a.m., 7:54 p.m.

Feb. 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:56 a.m., 11:20 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:04 a.m., 10:28 p.m.
Greenport: 11:33 a.m., 11:57 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:09 a.m., 12:22 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:28 a.m., 11:52 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:41 a.m., 12:55 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:48 a.m., 1:02 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:50 a.m., 10:22 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:59 a.m., 8:31 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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