• We’re expecting scattered showers and thunderstorms today, mainly after 11 a.m., but otherwise it will be partly sunny, with a high near 87. We’re also expecting scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight, with a low around 80. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday, but otherwise it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 89. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday, but otherwise it will be partly sunny, with a high near 88.
• The NYS DEC has temporarily closed the waters in the map to the left to shellfishing, as of 9 a.m. Thursday, due to the heavy rainfall and runoff associated with Wednesday’s thunderstorms (and small Mattituck tornado!) that hit the North Fork. For the latest information on the status of these closures, call 631-444-0480.
• Speaking of that tornado, we have a couple firsthand accounts coming in to our sister publication, The Peconic Bathtub, online here.
• This Friday and for the following four Fridays, the Fireboat Firefighter museum in Greenport will be hosting Fireboat Fridays, a fundraiser for the repair of the storied FDNY Fireboat including drinks, music and nighttime tours from 4 to 11 p.m. Follow-up dates are Aug. 19, 26 and Sept. 2. August 26th is the Fireboat’s 78th birthday and the Fireboat’s volunteer crew hopes to have something special in store for visitors on that day too. More information is on their Facebook page.
• North Fork Audubon hosts a slideshow and discussion on Preserving Plum Island for Future Generations with Chris Cryder from Save the Sound this evening, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Peconic Lane Community Center. More information is online here.
• The Springs Improvement Society hosts an evening of Poetry + Revelry at Ashawagh Hall tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. in conjunction with their 49th Annual Invitational Exhibition. More information is online here.
• The East Marion Community Association is hosting a special meeting this Saturday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. to discuss the future of their hamlet. More information is online here.
• Southold Town’s Anti-Bias Task Force will host their annual Unity Picnic this Saturday, Aug. 13. There’s been a change of venue for this year — it will be held at the Peconic Lane Community Center in Peconic, not at Strawberry Fields in Mattituck, but there will still be food, music, games and refreshments for everyone from noon to 4 p.m. More information is online here.
• There are a whole bunch of free outdoor movies tonight, and in the weeks ahead, throughout the East End. Our full listings are online here.
• This is the perfect time of year to get out in the creeks and harbors and to venture out into the big wide Peconic Bay in a kayak, and several nature organizations are putting together paddling trips over the course of the next week. Find out more in The Peconic Bathtub.
• There’s plenty to do on the East End this weekend and in the weeks ahead. Find out more in our full events calendar, online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
MTK Hbr: 5:04 a.m., 5:32 p.m.
Orient: 6:05 a.m., 6:33 p.m.
GPT: 6:33 a.m., 7:01 p.m.
Sag Hbr: 6:28 a.m., 6:56 p.m.
S. JPT: 8:02 a.m., 8:30 p.m.
Shinn. In.: 2:36 a.m., 3:09 p.m.
MTK Hbr: 5:59 a.m., 6:22 p.m.
Orient: 7 a.m., 7:23 p.m.
GPT: 7:28 a.m., 7:51 p.m.
Sag Hbr: 7:23 a.m., 7:46 p.m.
S. JPT: 8:57 a.m., 9:20 p.m.
Shinn. In.: 3:32 a.m., 4:03 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.