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WEATHER SCRABBLE! PLAY TO WIN...

Guess who’s on vacation? Yea, yours truly! For the first time this summer I’m going to kick back and live a little of the dream. Since I’m having some fun you should too (the more the merrier)! So, for the… Load Article

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MY WORST NIGHTMARE, WINTER ON THE CFSv2...

Six months from today it’s February 1st and we are in the dead of winter and many of you will be counting the days until spring. That won’t be the case for me unless winter is not going my way (meaning cold… Load Article

1 dog days

I DON'T SEE ME NO DOG DAYS...

About a week ago I made a post that I was expecting the first half of August to be very much on the cool side around the Midwest. That goes against the grain of the typical pattern of heat and humidity that’s far… Load Article

1 rochelle tor

TORNADO ME THIS, ANOTHER DOWN YEAR...

For the 4th consecutive year tornado numbers are running significantly below the long term averages. Through Wednesday only 802 twisters have touched down in the country which puts this year below the 25th percentile ranking. That’s 4 consecutive years we’ve… Load Article

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WHO WANT'S SNOW? I DO, I DO....

An intense summer storm is moving across the northern tier of the country producing a wide variety of weather. Aside from the usual assortment of severe thunderstorms and heat fueled humidity, the system had a side not typically seen in July, one most of you hope to… 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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