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COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS...

What a week. The last few days I have been in training for my new job at KGAN CBS2 in Cedar Rapids. My head is spinning from learning a new system, structure, staff, and routine. It seems like most of… Load Article

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KEEPING AN EYE ON ODILE....

Exceptional weather covered the Midwest again on Tuesday and for the most part will stay the course through Friday. Warmer conditions are also expected as highs reach into the 70s and even a few 80s by the end of the… Load Article

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ON CRUISE CONTROL, AT LEAST FOR NOW....

For many around the Midwest, the month of September is off to a cool wet start. Last week record cold and scattered frost followed heavy rains that drenched parts of Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. In just the last 7 days,… Load Article

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CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE COULD INITIATE HEAVY MIDWEST RAIN...

Major hurricane Odile is set to work its way along the Mexican coast of Baja California today. The Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds threatens Cabo San Lucas as it travels slowly N/NW. The storm will spread tropical moisture… Load Article

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CHIPPING AWAY AT THE CHILL....

Last night much of the Midwest remained in the grips of an unseasonably cold air mass. Lows again hit the 30s and the 38 registered in the Quad Cities was good enough for a new record, besting the old mark… 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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