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A REAL SOAKER FOR SOME...

Another significant storm (the 3rd in 10 days) is expected to cross the Midwest Friday. While severe weather is a minimal threat, heavy rain is a real possibility thanks to the addition of tropical moisture. Here’s the surface reflection as… Load Article

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RAIN MACHINE FIXED, READY TO ROLL...

The past 5 days have been spectacular around my local area and much of the Midwest. The weather has been characterized by fair skies, cool nights, and mild days. With temperatures as much as 15 degrees below normal conditions have been more… Load Article

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FROM THE FREEZER TO THE FRYING PAN...

Fall weather conditions have descended on the Midwest the past 3 days. Temperatures have been far below normal thanks to a strong summer storm which continues to spin over Canada. Here’s the upper air reflection at 500mb. That’s a stout… Load Article

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A WINTER TO REMEMBER? WHO THE HECK KNOW'S....

By now most of you have heard the doom and gloom of the 2016 winter outlooks issued by the Old Farmer’s Almanac and the Farmer’s Almanac…(that’s right there are two and they are different)! Headlines across the country resemble what you see… Load Article

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SUMMER'S LAST GASP? I THINK NOT...

Summer continues to race along at a relentless pace. If you take into consideration the cool temperatures we saw last week and what’s over us now, I wouldn’t blame you if you thought we were pretty much done with those hazy lazy days of… 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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