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Traffic, transit, weather and schools updates for Oct. 13, 2014

The Long Island Rail Road was experiencing 10-to-15

The Long Island Rail Road was experiencing 10-to-15 minute delays on the Far Rockaway Branch on the morning of Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 due to an unauthorized vehicle on the tracks east of Woodmere Station. Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Welcome to the LI Now post for Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.

Whether you're running to catch the train, driving to work or spending the holiday traveling east for some apple picking, we'll keep you updated on the latest traffic, transit and weather conditions.

Also down below, we have links to Newsday stories and event lists you might have missed. (If you are reading this in mobile, the links are directly below this sentence.)

Read Newsday's traffic page for up-to-the-minute updates on Long Island's roads.

WEATHER AND SKY

There is little chance of rain through Tuesday, with temperatures rising to above-average levels. But rain is expected Wednesday night and Thursday.

Temperature highs will rise from the high 60s on Monday into the low 70s on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The sun rises at 7:04 and sets at 6:16 p.m., which means the day will be 11 hours and 12 minutes long.

The moon makes its appearance at 10:25 p.m. as a Waning Gibbous. To be exact, 63 percent of the moon will be visible.

It's not a great week to see planets unless you go out in the middle of the night.

Jupiter, which is always easy to spot, rises at 1:48 a.m. and will be in the sky when the sun rises.

If you're unsure how to find Jupiter, here is a simple hint: It will be along the same plane as the moon, just three hours behind.

TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

Buses replace seven trains Monday between Ronkonkoma and Greenport from 7 a.m. to 6:53 p.m. due to trackwork. Details here: http://bit.ly/1o0dewb

ODDS AND ENDS

It's Columbus Day, so schools are closed, and some businesses are off as well. So if you're looking for something to do, here is a handy exploreLI list of fall activities for kids on Long Island. (Mobile users, the link is above, after the third paragraph.)

Newsday is actively covering homecomings from throughout Long Island, including Lindenhurst's. Missed it? Here is the link, which includes the tale of a senior who went to take the SAT all dressed up in multicolored tie dye, with a flower crown wrapped around her forehead. Yep, mobile users, that link is also up above.

This just in: Suffolk homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman found late Sunday on a Huntington Station street, police said.

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