Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 89 degrees and heat index values as high as 95, with a west wind 7 to 9 miles per hour. We’re expecting scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 68. We’re expecting scattered showers Friday, mainly before 9 a.m., with partly sunny skies and a high near 82. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

• The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an ozone health advisory for the region today. Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken advises that all residents, especially young children, seniors, those who exercise or are involved in strenuous outdoor work, and those with pre-existing respiratory or heart problems, to limit strenuous outdoor activity. Ozone levels are often elevated after noon through early evening on hot, sunny days.

• Sampling performed by researchers at Stony Brook University has confirmed the presence of new cyanobacteria blooms, more commonly known as blue-green algae, in Poxabogue Pond in Southampton and Babylon Town Hall Pond. Due to these findings, health officials ask residents not to use or swim or wade in these waters and to keep their children and pets away from the area. 

• The Southampton Town Board will review its draft agenda for next Tuesday’s town board meeting and hear board members’ project update reports at its 10 a.m. work session at town hall this morning. The Riverhead Town Board will hear council members’ committee liaison reports at its 10 a.m. work session this morning.

• The Montauk Observatory is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the spacecraft Voyager 2’s rendezvous with Neptune with a talk by NASA Solar System Ambassador William Francis Taylor on “Voyagers’ Journey: A Grand Tour of the Solar System” this evening at 7 p.m. at Sag Harbor’s John Jermain Memorial Library. Admission is free, and there will be astronomical observing afterward, weather permitting.

• The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation announced in late July that it is refocusing its mission and changing its name to the New York Marine Rescue Center. Read more in our sister publication, The Peconic Bathtub.

• The Complete Unknowns, a Bob Dylan tribute band, perform a free concert in Good Ground Park, 9A Squiretown Road in Hampton Bays this evening at 7 p.m., and The Kingpins perform a free classic rock and blues concert in Sag Harbor’s Marine Park on Bay Street this evening at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Sag Harbor Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:

August 22
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:05 a.m., 3:36 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:13 a.m., 2:44 p.m.
Greenport: 3:42 a.m., 4:13 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:26 a.m., 4:44 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:37 a.m., 4:08 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:04 a.m., 5:35 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:11 a.m., 5:42 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:52 a.m., 2:14 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:01 a.m., 12:23 p.m.

August 23
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:57 a.m., 4:28 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:05 a.m., 3:36 p.m.
Greenport: 4:34 a.m., 5:05 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:18 a.m., 5:35 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:29 a.m., 5 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:56 a.m., 6:27 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:03 a.m., 6:34 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:40 a.m., 3:01 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:49 a.m., 1:10 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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