• The National Weather Service is warning of a risk of rapid fire spread this afternoon, when we’re expecting low relative humidity and winds gusting 20 to 30 miles per hour. We’re expecting mostly sunny skies today, with a high near 72 degrees and a 20 percent chance of showers after 3 p.m. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 35 degrees and a northwest wind 10 to 15 miles per hour. Saturday, is expected to be sunny and breezy, with a northwest wind 9 to 14 miles per hour, increasing to 15 to 20 miles per hour in the afternoon. Sunday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 70 degrees, and Monday we’re expecting a 30 percent chance of showers, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 71 degrees.
• There wouldn’t be an opportunity for us all to kick back and barbecue this three-day weekend if it wasn’t for the brave men and women who’ve died for our country. Services and parades commemorating their lives and service abound throughout the East End this weekend. You can find a parade near you in our Memorial Day listings, online here.
• The Greenport Farmers Market won’t be able to open this Memorial Day Weekend because they’ve lost their space at the Greenport United Methodist Church. The market’s organizers are working with Greenport Village on a potential new location for the market, perhaps at the park on Third Street. They’re hoping to get up and running by mid-June, but in the meantime, they’re asking supporters of the market to write to village trustees or show up for next Thursday’s trustee meeting at 7 p.m. to support the market.
• LIRR’s summer service on the Montauk line resumed this week with an early-morning round trip to Montauk; additional Thursday evening train from Penn Station. Friday getaway trains include three additional seasonal trains, including the famed Cannonball; five additional trains from Montauk on Sundays, including the recently established westbound Cannonball; and one additional westbound train on Monday mornings to Hunterspoint Avenue. More information is online here: http://www.mta.info/
• Peconic Estuary Program eelgrass monitoring scientist Steve Schott from Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program gave an update to the PEP earlier this week on the eelgrass meadows being monitored in the Peconic Estuary. He told the group that In all of the monitoring locations, eelgrass density is low and needs restoration efforts, but the meadows are recovering from a huge decline in 2010.
• All in a Weekend, The Beacon’s list of events on the Twin Forks over the coming holiday weekend, is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.