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SCOOPING UP THE SOUP...

After a short reprieve, warm steamy weather returns for a weekend stay here in the Midwest. The uncomfortable conditions will be the direct result of a vigorous upper air low slated to pass across the Canadian border the next 24 hours. It will… Load Article

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A CHANGE IS IN THE WORKS....

Well we did it. With a high of 78 today we ended our 15 day run of above normal highs. Amazingly, 21 of Junes 23 days have been warmer than normal here in Cedar Rapids. Add in the last 11 days of… Load Article

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PEACE AND QUIET RETURNS TO THE MIDWEST

After an active 24 hours of weather, things will calm down around the central Midwest. High pressure will build in behind the passage of the weather system that dumped up to 6″ of rain near Iowa City Tuesday night and… Load Article

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MAJOR SEVERE THREAT FOR SOME TODAY...

A complex storm system is taking shape that will bring a significant severe weather threat to parts of the Midwest Wednesday. Storms are already ongoing that have produced heavy rain and they will decrease before redeveloping and intensifying later in… Load Article

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SUMMER, TIME FOR STRONG STORMS...

Don’t look now but it’s officially summer. The solstice has come and gone and now the days start getting shorter. Monday the sun set at 8:46PM and 6 months from now when the winter solstice begins the sun goes down at 4:39PM.… 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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