Good Morning!

• We’re expecting rain today, mainly after 1 p.m., with cloudy skies and a high near 47, with a calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 miles per hour in the morning. Rain will continue overnight, with a low around 32. We’re expecting rain again throughout the day tomorrow, possibly mixed with freezing rain between 3 and 4 p.m., then possibly mixed with sleet and then snow after 4 p.m., with the temperature falling to around 30 by 5 p.m. and a north wind 6 to 11 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 21 mph. New sleet and snow accumulations of less than an inch are possible by Saturday morning. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 27.

• Throughout its 50 year history, it’s been the grassroots volunteer spirit that has bound together members of the North Fork Environmental Council, which has been at the forefront of efforts to save what’s left of the pastoral nature of the North Fork. Read More.

• Historian, genealogist and journalist Sandi Brewster-Walker is attempting to learn as much as she can about each of the men of color — about 150 men in total — who were stationed by the Coast Guard at the Tiana Lifesaving Station in Hampton Bays between 1942 and 1944. Read more on our sister website, The Peconic Bathtub.

Suffolk County reported 526 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, Feb. 1, with 5.8 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 483 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 79 of them in ICU. The county reported six new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,224 people since March of 2020.

• The Southampton Town Board’s work session this morning will be held entirely in private executive session, where they’ll be discussing personnel, acquisitions, litigation and confidential legal advice.

• The Riverhead Town Board will also hold its work session entirely in private executive session this morning, with discussions surrounding the town’s contract with the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the potential sale of real property and an update on ongoing litigation with the Jamesport Manor Inn over their reinstatement of the restaurant use of their site after it had been abandoned for years.

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

Feb. 3
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:13 a.m., 11:39 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:21 a.m., 10:47 p.m.
Greenport: 11:50 a.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:28 a.m., 12:49 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:45 a.m.
New Suffolk: 12:47 a.m., 1:12 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:54 a.m., 1:19 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:29 a.m., 10:59 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:38 a.m., 9:08 p.m.

Feb. 4
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:01 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:09 a.m., 11:37 p.m.
Greenport: 12:16 a.m., 12:38 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:15 a.m., 1:37 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:11 a.m., 12:33 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:38 a.m., 2 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:45 a.m., 2:07 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:17 a.m., 11:49 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:26 a.m., 9:58 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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