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That knocking you hear is a spring storm coming together over the Plains. It’s expected to generate rain for many parts of the Midwest. It’s already occurring out west and beginning to push into my local area now. The heaviest… Load Article

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The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted this week for the first time in four decades. Quiet since 1972, it’s blown twice since Wednesday, generating striking images and concerns over the effects of both the lava and a mammoth cloud… Load Article

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The advocate of cold, and much verbal banter on, Rich Glomski is the winner of the first annual I TOLD YOU SO AWARD. This morning around my area lows were in the low 20s pushing records in spots (21 in Clinton…24… Load Article

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Around the Midwest, the 2015 severe weather season has been quiet. Without the deadly April 9th tornado outbreak (which was confined to NC Illinois, the season would essentially be storm free. The primary reason has been cold air and limited moisture. Without… Load Article

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Clear skies and lighter winds tonight will set the stage for widespread freezing temperatures around the Midwest. At this point readings appear marginal for any significant damage to trees and vegetation, especially this year with spring growth well behind schedule.… 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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