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Roughly 10 days ago I made a post about the October Pattern Index and its relevance regarding winter forecasts. If you missed the post here is my summation of the OPI. The October pattern index (which henceforth will be called… Load Article

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We’ve all heard the stories of animals, birds, insects, acorns, and so forth acting as indicators for what a winter might be. This so called “folklore” has been observed for centuries. Some of it seems to work, some of it… Load Article

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As cold air continues to expand in coverage and intensity up north, a warming trend is looking likely over the Midwest later next week. Here’s the GFS 500mb jet stream anomaly for October 25th. You can see troughs in the… Load Article

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October 16th, 2014 Winter Outlook from NOAA: Another warm winter likely for western U.S., South may see colder weather. Repeat of last year’s extremely cold, snowy winter east of Rockies unlikely… Below average temperatures are favored in parts of the… Load Article

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Fall colors are peaking over the upper Midwest and quickly making their way south. Here are the areas where color was at its best as of October 13th. By the 21st the peak will find its way into northern Iowa… Load Article

About Terry Swails

Terry Swails

Born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa

Terry Swails has been a television meteorologist in the Midwest since early 1977. He began his broadcasting career at KWWL-TV and has also been employed by KDUB-TV, KWQC-TV, and WQAD-TV, where he has been the prime time meteorologist for the last 5 years.

A popular fixture in Quad Cities television since 1986, Terry's passion and commitment to weather is well known. Aside from his television duties, He produces forecasts for the Quad City Times, a number of Quad City radio stations, and does work as a private consultant.

An avid storm chaser, Terry spent a week with legendary forecaster Tom Skilling in search of tornadoes in 2010. They saw their first tornado together (a violent multi vortex EF3) outside Wakita, Oklahoma. Terry and well known storm chaser Jim Reed also watched the eye of Hurricane Irene go directly overhead on the shores of Coney, Island in 2011.

With his vast knowledge of weather and unique perspective, Terry is also the author of several books. His first Superstorms was completed in 2005. He followed that up with Un-Natural disasters in 2008, and All I want to for Christmas is to see a Tornado in 2011. Terry collaborated with his wife Carolyn Wettstone on the last 2 books and has utilized her experience as a writer and former television anchor in a number of weather related projects.

Terry says he hasn't met a storm he didn't like. Tornadoes and snowstorms are his bread and butter and predicting the atmosphere is a challenge that never gets old.

Terry says this web site is a compilation of his life long love affair with weather. He points out "I put everything I would want as a meteorologist into the site. It's fun, informative, and even educational." He also adds, "I hope you find it enjoyable as well!"


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