• We’re expecting showers and thunderstorms all day today. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. The high temperature will be near 78 degrees, with a southwest wind 9 to 14 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 29. We’re expecting between 1 and 2 inches of rain. There’s a high risk of rip currents on the ocean all day, and areas closer to New York City are under a flash flood watch until 4 p.m. Showers and stroms that could produce gusty winds will continue tonight. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high near 82 and a 20 percent chance of evening showers. Thursday and Friday are expected to be sunny, with highs in the low 80s.
Town boards throughout the East End are busy at work today:
• The Southold Town Board will discuss funding for deer management, dredge dumping in the Long Island Sound, nitrogen in the Peconic Estuary and East End Arts’ planned art show in the Peconic Lane Community Center at their 9 a.m. work session this morning. This evening at their 7:30 p.m. meeting, the board will hold a new public hearing on a proposed short-term rental code that would require people to rent their houses for no fewer than 14 days. The full agenda for both meetings is online here.
• The East Hampton Town Board plans to discuss policies for alcohol on beaches and the town’s music licensing law at their 10 a.m. work session at the Montauk Firehouse this morning. Their full agenda is online here.
• The Southampton Town Board will hold public hearings on transferring the Lyzon Hat Shop in Hampton Bays to the Hampton Bays Park District, the Southampton Water Protection Plan, zoning changes in Westhampton and the acquisition of a historic preservation and conservation easement at 618 Sagg Main Road in Sagaponack at their 1 p.m. meeting this afternoon. Their full agenda is online here.
• The Shelter Island Town Board will discuss uses of Crescent Beach and the definition of a one family dwelling at their 1 p.m. work session this afternoon. Their full agenda is online here.
• Emma Rose Elliston Beach on Big Fresh Pond in North Sea has been reopened to swimming, after recent water samples by did not detect dangerous levels of bacteria in the water there
• The Peconic Land Trust’s Lost Ladybug search, scheduled for today, has been postponed to this Wednesday August 12 due to the expected heavy rains. More information is online here.
• The Perseid Meteor Shower begins tonight, and continues through the week. Although tonight’s rains will dampen viewing, the rest of the week is looking good. Custer Institute in Southold has put together a guide for viewing the meteor shower, online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.