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IF YOU CAN'T JOIN 'EM, SEND YOUR VERY OWN BOBBLEHEAD...

I opened up my Facebook page Friday night and was startled to see a picture of my bobblehead being held by Reed Timmer outside the TIV (tornado intercept vehicle) known as Dominator 3. If you don’t know who Reed is… Load Article

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THE EASTER TORNADO OUTBREAK OF 1913

Easter Sunday is a day of hope, celebration, and peace for Christians around the world. Easter began that way March 23, 1913 in Omaha but ended as the darkest day in the cities history. By late evening, 103 residents had… Load Article

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THE EASTER SPECIAL! TROUBLES LONG RANGE...

No doubt about it, we are getting the Easter Special when it comes to weather this weekend. The forecast promises to be hopping good with mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Here’s the forecast highs for Easter Sunday. Nearly 80… Load Article

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ICE COULD HINDER LAKE SUPERIOR SHIPPING INTO MAY

Last night I showed you in a post how nearly 40% of the Great Lakes are still frozen. That’s 13,000% above normal. That’s flat out crazy and there’s been nothing remotely close to that since detailed records have been kept.… Load Article

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A GOOD EGG! AN EASTER TO REMEMBER....

If you were up and at it early today, the frost was on the petunias as we endured another sub-freezing morning. The official low in the Quad Cities hit 29 with areas northwest as cold as 27! The sun is… Load Article

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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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