• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 86 and light and variable winds becoming southwest 5 to 10 miles per hour — good viewing conditions for this afternoon’s solar eclipse. We’re expecting increasing clouds overnight, with a low around 73. There’s a 20 percent chance of morning showers and thunderstorms Tuesday, but otherwise it will be partly sunny, with a high near 84. Wednesday will be partly sunny, with a high near 83 and a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 3 p.m.
• Beacon staff are en route this morning to Franklin, North Carolina, where we’ll be providing dispatches from the path of totality of today’s Great American Solar Eclipse on Instagram and Twitter. New York will reach maximum coverage (71 percent) at 2:44 p.m. The eclipse will begin on Long Island at 1:23 p.m. and will end at 4 p.m., while down here in North Carolina, totality will be at 2:35 p.m. More details on East End eclipse festivities are online here.
• After Friday’s thunderstorms dumped up to three inches of rain per hour on some areas of the East End, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a temporary ban on harvesting shellfish for “all of Cutchogue Harbor and its tributaries lying northerly of a line extending easterly from New Suffolk Point to Nassau Point” due to excessive stormwater runoff. The DEC is beginning testing today to determine when the waters will be reopened. You can get more details by calling 631.444.0480.
• Beacon Columnist Tim Kelly has written for us a great tribute to his one of his former bosses, Rep. William Carney, who passed away in July. You can read his August column online here.
• Nina Et Cetera performs on the Montauk Green tonight at 6:30 and The Vendettas will perform in Greenport’s Mitchell Park tonight at 7:30 p.m. as part of free outdoor summer concert series throughout the East End. Get our full listings for the rest of the summer online here.
• Tonight at the Hamptons Institute at Guild Hall, panelists led by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman will discuss “The New Normal in News: Ideology vs Fact” at 7 p.m. Tickets are $23 for Guild Hall members and $25 for non-members.
• Yesterday was World Mosquito Day, and the Suffolk County Health Department is urging everyone to celebrate by making sure there isn’t any standing water in their yards where mosquitoes can breed. According to the health department, thirteen new mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus in Suffolk County last week, and mosquito-borne diseases kill 750,000 people worldwide each year — more than any other animal.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:52 a.m., 10:19 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9 a.m., 9:27 p.m.
Greenport: 10:29 a.m., 10:56 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:36 a.m., 11:56 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:24 a.m., 10:51 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:51 a.m.
South Jamesport: 11:58 a.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:27 a.m., 7:44 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:42 a.m., 11:07 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:50 a.m., 10:15 p.m.
Greenport: 11:19 a.m., 11:44 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:25 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:14 a.m., 11:39 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:18 a.m., 12:41 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:25 a.m., 12:48 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:16 a.m., 8:31 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light in North Carolina today.