• There will be a total lunar eclipse visible on Long Island in the early hours of Tuesday morning, though the weather is looking pretty iffy for viewing it. The moon will enter the earth’s fuzzy penumbra shadow at 12:53 a.m. April 15, and will enter earth’s darker umbra, the beginning of the total eclipse, at 1:58 a.m. It will reach totality at 3:06 a.m. and stay dark for an hour and 18 minutes before slowly coming out of earth’s shadow again. We’re expecting cloudy skies tonight, with rain beginning about 4 a.m. tomorrow, but things could change….maybe….if we’re lucky.
• This weekend was full of seals for the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Preservation and Research. On Saturday, they released two seals, Triumph and Boston at the Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays, while they were also conducting an aerial survey of seals around Long Island. The survey picked up 900 seals in the wild, and the cool shot at left of one of the releases.
• The Weather Channel has the East End under a tree pollen alert today, just when we were all eagerly anticipating the popping of forsythia and dogwood blossoms. Sigh. Enjoy. Don’t forget your tissues and Claritin. This is not an alert from the National Weather Service, but another of The Weather Channel’s new value-added features, which include today’s breathing comfort and aches & pains indices. Today is expected to be a very good day for breathing but we’re expecting a moderate risk of aches and pains.
• The real National Weather Service has issued a small craft advisory. It will be windy today, with gusts up to 25 knots on the East End. Hold on to your hat.
• If you’re lucky enough to not be working Wednesday, April 16, join the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society for a beautiful four-and-a-half mile hike through Point Woods in Montauk. Hike trails lined with large beech, tupelo, American holly, oak and mountain laurel to the bluffs overlooking the Atlantic, passing Battery 113 in Camp Hero. There are a few steep areas and a couple of stream crossing; one or two with stepping stones. Meet on Camp Hero Road, a right turn off Rt 27 in Montauk, about a mile east of Deep Hollow Ranch, at 9 a.m. For more information, call hike leader: Larry Raymond at 631.668.3432.
• The Beacon’s review of Quail Hill farmer and poet Scott Chaskey’s new book, “Seedtime,” is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.