Good Morning!

• We’re expecting mostly sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 39 degrees but wind chill values between 15 and 25, with a northwest wind 10 to 13 miles per hour. We’re expecting increasing clouds overnight, with a low around 23. Snow is likely before 8 a.m. Friday, then rain likely after 9 a.m., with a high temperature near 45 and a south wind 7 to 16 miles per hour. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 37.

• Citizens for the Preservation of Wainscott, along with the Dune Alpin Farm Property Owners Association and 23 individuals have filed suit against East Hampton Town over its approval of easement agreements for a power transmission cable from the South Fork Wind Farm, as the town prepares to hear public comment Friday on a petition from Wainscott residents to form their own village. Here’s our full story.

• The Southold Town Zoning Board of Appeals will hear public comments this afternoon on a proposal by the energy storage company Savion, of Kansas City, Mo. to build an 80 megawatt battery storage facility to tie into a LIPA substation on Route 25 just west of Greenport. Here are more details.

Suffolk County reported 527 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Wednesday, with 5.9 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 668 people hospitalized in Suffolk with the virus, with 133 of them in ICU and 22 percent of hospital beds available. The county reported 13 new fatalities, bringing the death toll here to 2,828 people.

• The Southampton Town Board will discuss energy projects and programs and meet in its capacity as the commissioners of the Hampton Bays Water District at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda.

• The Riverhead Town Board’s work session for today has been cancelled.

• The Hamptons Observatory and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at Stony Brook University present a Zoom lecture on “NASA’s Airborne Lab: Mapping Polar Ice” this evening at 7 p.m. with Walter E. Klein from NASA. Hewill discuss his work with the DC-8 Airborne Laboratory, its mission to study the Earth’s surface and atmosphere. Here’s the Zoom link.

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

February 4
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:39 a.m., 3:02 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:47 a.m., 2:10 p.m.
Greenport: 3:16 a.m., 3:39 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:05 a.m., 4:38 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:11 a.m., 3:34 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:38 a.m., 5:01 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:45 a.m., 5:08 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:50 a.m., 2:06 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:15 p.m.

February 5
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:43 a.m., 4:11 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:51 a.m., 3:19 p.m.
Greenport: 4:20 a.m., 4:48 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:05 a.m., 5:43 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:15 a.m., 4:43 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:42 a.m., 6:10 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:49 a.m., 6:17 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:47 a.m., 3:07 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:56 a.m., 1:16 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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