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7-Day Forecast: Quincy

Saturday
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  • 81°
  • 66°

Partly cloudy

Sunday
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  • 85°
  • 67°

Partly cloudy

Monday
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  • 88°
  • 69°

Times of sun and clouds

Tuesday
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  • 90°
  • 69°

More sun than clouds

Wednesday
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  • 89°
  • 68°

Plenty of sun

Thursday
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  • 90°
  • 68°

Plenty of sun

Friday
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  • 89°
  • 68°

A few clouds

Currently in Quincy as of

  • 73°(Feels like 73°)
  • Scattered Clouds
  • Wind: ENE @ 3 mph
  • Barometer: 30.02 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:30:40 am
  • Sunset: 07:41:51 pm
  • Humidity: 87
  • Visibility: 8 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Macomb

Saturday
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  • 79°
  • 63°

Mostly cloudy

Sunday
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  • 85°
  • 63°

Times of sun and clouds

Monday
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  • 88°
  • 66°

Partly cloudy

Tuesday
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  • 90°
  • 66°

Plenty of sun

Wednesday
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  • 91°
  • 66°

Plenty of sun

Thursday
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  • 91°
  • 67°

A few clouds

Friday
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  • 90°
  • 66°

Mainly sunny

Currently in Macomb as of

  • 71°(Feels like 71°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: N @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 30.05 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:26:57 am
  • Sunset: 07:39:31 pm
  • Humidity: 95
  • Visibility: 7 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Pittsfield

Saturday
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  • 82°
  • 66°

Cloudy

Sunday
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  • 85°
  • 67°

Showers and thunderstorms late

Monday
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  • 89°
  • 68°

Times of sun and clouds

Tuesday
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  • 91°
  • 68°

Mix of sun and clouds

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 92°
  • 68°

More sun than clouds

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 92°
  • 68°

A few clouds

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 92°
  • 67°

Mostly sunny

Currently in Pittsfield as of

  • 73°(Feels like 73°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.03 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:28:33 am
  • Sunset: 07:39:00 pm
  • Humidity: 90
  • Visibility: 7 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Hannibal

Saturday
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  • 81°
  • 65°

Partly cloudy

Sunday
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  • 87°
  • 68°

Partly cloudy

Monday
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  • 91°
  • 69°

Mix of sun and clouds

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 93°
  • 68°

Plenty of sun

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 92°
  • 68°

More sun than clouds

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 93°
  • 68°

More sun than clouds

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 92°
  • 68°

Plenty of sun

Currently in Hannibal as of

  • 70°(Feels like 70°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.03 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:31:08 am
  • Sunset: 07:41:47 pm
  • Humidity: 94
  • Visibility: 7 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

Regional Conditions

Quincy
73°
Macomb
71°
Pittsfield
73°
Hannibal
70°
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    O'BRIEN: Different kind of 'cyclists' taking to Quincy roads

    Friday, August 28 2015 10:08 AM EDT2015-08-28 14:08:36 GMT
    The cyclist, a term we'll use loosely, zipped through the intersection of Sixth and State with exactly zero effort. He also wasn't using the bike the way most of us do. You know, by actually using the pedals to...
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    O'BRIEN: This column about 'clickbait' will shock you

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    The idea of the headline is the grab the reader. A good headline is more likely to bring the reader into the story to see what it's all about. To be a good headline writer takes talent. Back in my days as an...
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    If there was someone in the world who had a better gig than Jared Fogle, I'd like to see it. You might argue that a Kardashian or Paris Hilton, who are basically famous for being famous, have him beat. But there's...
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  • O'BRIEN: Remembering the good ol' days of eight CDs for a penny

    O'BRIEN: Remembering the good ol' days of eight CDs for a penny

    Tuesday, August 18 2015 10:34 AM EDT2015-08-18 14:34:13 GMT
    The idea of getting a dozen CDs in the mail these days is crazy. Want to listen to music? Go online and listen for free on any one of the various streaming services. Really like the tune? Pay $1.29 to iTunes and download it ...
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    O'BRIEN: Lyrics from 1980s rappers still ring true today

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  • O'BRIEN: Putting out an SOS -- Save Our Soda

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    If you haven't noticed, soda is under siege. Everywhere you look these days, people are taking pot shots at all the pop drinkers.
    If you haven't noticed, soda is under siege. Everywhere you look these days, people are taking pot shots at all the pop drinkers.
  • O'BRIEN: National basketball tournament gives youth sports another black eye

    O'BRIEN: National basketball tournament gives youth sports another black eye

    Friday, August 7 2015 8:41 AM EDT2015-08-07 12:41:07 GMT
    Good stories in the world of youth sports are few and far between. The latest entry in the bizarre world of kids' summer fun comes out of the AAU basketball ranks.
    Good stories in the world of youth sports are few and far between. The latest entry in the bizarre world of kids' summer fun comes out of the AAU basketball ranks.
  • O'BRIEN: Finally a sex symbol, thanks to my 'dad bod'

    O'BRIEN: Finally a sex symbol, thanks to my 'dad bod'

    Tuesday, August 4 2015 4:24 PM EDT2015-08-04 20:24:20 GMT
    It was only a matter of time until overweight middle-age men with a belly paunch were seen as some sort of sex symbol. As an overweight middle-aged man with a belly paunch, I'm all about the "dad bod" phenomenon. ...
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    O'BRIEN: Jenner's show offers glimpse into life few understand

    Friday, July 31 2015 11:34 AM EDT2015-07-31 15:34:45 GMT
    Esther Jenner said she had never been more proud of her son than when she stood in Olympic Stadium in Montreal during the summer of 1976 and listed to the "Star-Spangled Banner" play after he won the Olympic decathlon in world-record fashion.
    Esther Jenner said she had never been more proud of her son than when she stood in Olympic Stadium in Montreal during the summer of 1976 and listed to the "Star-Spangled Banner" play after he won the Olympic decathlon in world-record fashion.
  • O'BRIEN: Disaster preparations help home health care provider survive latest storm

    O'BRIEN: Disaster preparations help home health care provider survive latest storm

    Tuesday, July 28 2015 10:00 AM EDT2015-07-28 14:00:22 GMT
    When the windstorm hit earlier this month, a disabled Quincy man thought he might be left in the dark. Mike needs help getting in and out of his wheelchair every night. With his power out after the storm hit in early evening of July 13, Mike figured he might be sleeping in his wheelchair. But he called his home service care provider, hopeful that they might be able to help.
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    It has been a long time since the Elbe clan got together for a reunion. Angie (Elbe) Chalabiani figures it had been at least 30 years, so she decided to organize a reunion.
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  • O'BRIEN: If you know what you're doing, you can get rich on YouTube

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    If you thought all of the money to be made on the Internet was gobbled up during the dot-com boom in the 1990s, you're mistaken. You can make millions by sitting in front of your computer and acting goofy or by playing video games.
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    The Midgets are under attack. Freeburg High School, in the Metro East area of St. Louis, was approached last week by members of the Little People of America and asked to change their nickname. The athletic teams at Freeburg have been known as the Midgets since the 1930s.
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    O'BRIEN: First birthday since shooting death hard on Humphrey family

    Friday, July 3 2015 9:40 AM EDT2015-07-03 13:40:34 GMT
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    Friday, January 30 2015 9:39 AM EST2015-01-30 14:39:28 GMT
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