Update, 8:45 a.m.: In conflict with Malverne Mel, Holtsville Hal is predicting six more weeks of winter.

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting mostly sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 38 degrees but wind chill values between 10 and 20, with a light southwest wind increasing to 8 to 13 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy and windy overnight, with a low around 24 and a southwest wind 14 to 18 miles per hour, bringing the wind chill down to between 15 and 20 degrees. Friday will be sunny and blustery, with the temperature falling to around 15 by 5 p.m. and a 22-mile-per-hour northwest wind, gusting to 33. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 23.

• More than 100 people tried to cram into the basement of the Mattituck-Laurel Library Monday evening, filled with pointed questions about a proposed new 121-room resort hotel on the site of the former Capital One headquarters on the Main Road in Mattituck. Read our full story.

• The Southampton Town Board will discuss the design grant application for the Long Island Greenway project at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live on Sea-TV’s YouTube channel.

• Malverne Mel has predicted an early spring, and we’re waiting to hear from Holtsville Hal. But this afternoon you’ll still have a chance to participate in festivities locally when groundhog Sam Champion weighs in at The Quogue Library’s Annual Groundhog Day Celebration, this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Road in Quogue. Admission is free. Register at quoguelibrary.org.

• The Hamptons Observatory hosts “Journey Into Climate with Professor Paul A. Mayewski,” a virtual lecture this evening at 7 p.m. University of Maine’s Institute for Climate Change Director will cover more than five decades of expeditions filled with adventure, exploration, discovery, and contributions to the understanding of climate change. Here’s more info.

• Friday Morning Birders with North Fork Audubon meet tomorrow morning from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at North Fork Preserve, 5330 Sound Avenue in Riverhead for an excursion led by guest birder Dick Cartwright. More info on this free event is at northforkaudubon.org.

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

February 2
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:37 a.m., 7:55 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:45 a.m., 7:03 p.m.
Greenport: 8:14 a.m., 8:32 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:58 a.m., 9:31 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:09 a.m., 8:27 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:36 a.m., 9:54 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:43 a.m., 10:01 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:34 a.m., 7:04 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:43 a.m., 5:13 p.m.

February 3
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:19 a.m., 8:36 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:27 a.m., 7:44 p.m.
Greenport: 8:56 a.m., 9:13 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:44 a.m., 10:13 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:51 a.m., 9:08 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:18 a.m., 10:35 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:25 a.m., 10:42 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:21 a.m., 7:50 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:30 a.m., 5:59 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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