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5 Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday, July 26

Bits of knowledge to make you the smartest person in your department.

Here are five pieces of information designed to start your Thursday with a smile and to help make you the smartest person in the supermarket.

1. Your 3-Day Local Weather Forecast:  According to the NWS, today there will be a chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 1pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy, with a high near 83. Light southwest wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

  • Thursday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be severe, with large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain. Cloudy, with a low around 68. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Friday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 78. North wind around 6 mph becoming east in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Friday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 65. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
  • Saturday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
  • Saturday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

2. It's Happening Today: For ages 8 to 14. Learn the basics of juggling and walk away with all the skills you need to become an expert with practice! Bring along three small bean bags if you have them.  They have some to share, too.

3. Quote of the Day: "My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of the entire Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, go out to Officer Dillon’s family, friends and colleagues. We know the work of correction officers is difficult and dangerous, but that does nothing to ease the pain and shock when we lose one of our own. The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office will work to ensure that our officers and the Dillon family have the support they need as we grieve Teddy’s passing.”

4. Reader Comment of the Day: "Those three don't deserve to see the light of day for the remainder of their lives. The McCabe family has lived all these years wondering what happened to their beloved son. No human being deserves to have happen to them what "those three" perpetrated on Johnny McCabe. The plea deal should keep each of them in prison for the rest of their earthly lives. They should die in prison, away from their families." Reader Lois Sheehan, commenting on the story,

5. Keep Those Votes Coming In: Who is the best attorney in Tewksbury? Where is the best place to get a late-night snack? Which dance studio is the best? Only YOU our readers can tell us.

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