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GOOD TIMES, BAD TIMES, WE'LL HAVE OUR SHARE

The first major holiday since January 1st has many of you looking to be out and about in the great outdoors. While there will be some nice periods, there’s also going to be some rough spots when showers and thunderstorms… Load Article

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MORE LIKE IT....

After a high of 49 yesterday, skies cleared last night and temperatures tanked around my area. Lows hit 35 in Cedar Rapids and I’ve heard of some local spots with patchy light frost. Pretty impressive for May 21st. Now skies are… Load Article

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WINTER 2016 ACCORDING TO JAMSTEC

The JAMSTEC model, produced in Japan has come out with its long range guidance for winter (December-February). It’s far too early to take it at face value but it does show some interesting features which have relevance in my early… Load Article

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HOW REALLY LAME IT IS....

If you are in eastern Iowa or NW Illinois, the heart of my local area, you’re experiencing a LAME day! At the noon hour the temperature in Cedar Rapids was 45 with rain falling and a NE wind at 15 mph. Freeport,… Load Article

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SEVERE WEATHER WAY DOWN AGAIN...

Here we are in the very heart of severe weather season and for the 4th year in a row, severe weather reports are running far below normal around the Midwest. Things can change on a dime, or even a day but so… 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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