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MAGIC

IT'S MAGIC... NO IT'S A COLD FRONT!

Yesterday I was mowing the yard in 80 degree warmth and 68 degree dew points. I was sweating like the proverbial pig I am. Literally soaked! Today under a steely canopy of clouds I’m watching the trees sway in temperatures… Load Article

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COOL IS THE SUMMER RULE...

A stout late spring cold front will bring a healthy shot of cool air to the Midwest this weekend. Well over a week ago I saw this coming with the major models forecasting the PNA (Pacific North America index) going sharply positive… Load Article

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UPS AND DOWNS... WE GOT 'EM!

After a couple of summery days with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s, moisture is increasing around the Midwest. You can see it surging out ahead of a front advancing through the Plains on this satellite image processed late Thursday night.… Load Article

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JUNE, WHAT'S IT GONNA BE BOY...

Time is ticking and before you know it, June and summer is upon us! Personally, I’ve had my mind made up for months that the summer would be a pleasant one. Short on heat and plenty on rainfall. A bountiful… Load Article

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WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS...

We’ve had our fair share of rain around the Midwest this spring but compared to what’s been going on over the southern Plains, we might as well be a drought. Just yesterday parts of Houston, Texas had 11″ of rain.… 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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