• We’re expecting showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 3 p.m. today, with the chance of rain dwindling after then. But it will be warm, with a high near 63 degrees and a southwest wind 13 to 18 miles per hour. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 50 and wind chill values between 30 and 40 early. Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 53.
• If the winter of 2014-15 proved unseasonably cold, the winter that we have just emerged from was just the opposite, and that fact alone has foresters concerned about this year’s prognosis for Long Island’s southern pine beetle problem. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Is your old septic system tired of handling your waste? If so, you may be a prime candidate for Suffolk County’s lottery for innovative new septic treatment systems. Our full story is online here.
• Southampton Hospital’s Certified Diabetes Educator Janet O’Grady leads a monthly support group at the hospital to help patients learn to manage Type I or II diabetes. This month’s meeting will be on March 30 at noon. A new topic is featured each month (please call for details). Individual counseling is available by appointment and covered by most insurance. For more information, call 631.726.8800.
• There’s plenty to do on the East End this holiday weekend, and in the weeks ahead. The Beacon’s full events calendar is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.