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IS IT TIME TO FLIP YET?

Based on recent model trends, it appears the pattern that’s been locked over the eastern US. since November is breaking down. For many months high pressure has been anchored over the west coast and a trough has been locked in… Load Article

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THUNDER CLOUDS MIDWEEK...

Right on schedule, warmer air is moving into the Midwest as the new week kicks off. 60s will become widespread by Tuesday and 70s will show up Wednesday. By that time, moisture will also return to the pattern and springlike… Load Article

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HEADING INTO THE WORK WEEK...

The primary weather focus around the Midwest through mid-week will be warmer temperatures and thunderstorm chances Wednesday/Wednesday night. The west coast ridge is rapidly flattening allowing a steady progression of mild air across the Plains. The warmth reaches its peak… Load Article

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BRAGGING RIGHTS! WE WERE COLDER AND SNOWIER THAN ALASKA

Anchorage, Alaska is on track for their least snowy season on record. Only 20.7 inches had fallen through March 24 at Anchorage International Airport, a season-to-date deficit of almost 4 feet (47.6 inches). A “season” is defined as the amount… Load Article

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CRANKING UP THE MOISTURE MACHINE....

Despite some pockets of heavy rain and snow last week, much of the Midwest continues on the dry side. Here in Cedar Rapids we’re running a rainfall deficit of 1.33″ for March. Most of my local area has comparable deficits.… 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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