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So far there have been no big surprises in Northern Hemispheric temperatures in 2016. The powerful centrally based El Nino has done what was expected keeping Canada and the northern US. mild with cooler conditions confined to the south and west. On the topic of… Load Article

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A strong upper air disturbance is slated to move over the upper Midwest tonight and Sunday. The track is not favorable for heavy snow but the dynamics will be sufficient to crank out snow showers producing 1-2″ accumulations in much… Load Article

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I’ve been on the road again today giving a speech in beautiful Edgewood, Iowa. No shortage of snow up that way. Just 50 miles north of my location snow is everywhere. Big mounds of white gold and snowmobiles zooming all over… Load Article

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ROAD TO RECOVERY: THE HEALING AND THE HOPE! (caution: does contain graphic image!)

I am propped up by pillows, sipping green tea and breathing a sigh of relief.  The 2nd surgery for breast reconstruction offered no additional surprises.  Despite the winter storm that day and all the complications it offered, we were still… Load Article

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In a winter that’s been short on snow, especially from my area southeast, I do see the makings of what could be a decent snowstorm in some part of the Midwest around Valentines’s Day. Granted, this is more than a week away 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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