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THE TRUTH REVEALED... THE STORM THAT WASN'T

Once again, the US model called the GFS has blinked. The tremendous snowstorm it was showing less than 12 hours ago has come and gone on the charts. Now, it’s nothing more than a ghost. I told you how many… Load Article

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THE FIGHT FOR SNOW IS FRIGHTFUL....

I would have to say only a handful of times have I seen such a big discrepancy in snowfall forecasts with 72 hours until dump-day. The GFS deterministic is as bullish as can be on a tremendous snowstorm for much of… Load Article

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PRE-CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD FOR THE E. MIDWEST?

It’s very early in the game but the latest GFS has shown 2 runs with a significant winter storm for the eastern Midwest Christmas Eve day. I want to stress, the EURO and GEM last night were further east and… Load Article

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NEW SNOWFALL DATA... AN UPDATE

This is an addendum to my previous post. I just saw the new GFS deterministic model and it did push the snow further west on the night run. If correct, this is an important trend for my local area, especially… Load Article

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MAJOR CHRISTMAS EVE STORM....BUT WHERE?

As you know for 5 days I’ve been struggling to get a handle on what has the potential to be a travel disrupting storm around Dec 23-24th. There are numerous solutions on the table but as of today, there seems… 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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