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RAIN DROPS FALLING ON OUR HEADS....

Raindrops will be falling on our heads today as the first of 2 significant storms rolls across the Midwest. Here’s the system on the hi-res satellite. A nice plume of moisture is headed northward from the Gulf. Showers and thunderstorms… Load Article

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WET AND WILD! WE'RE GOING FOR A RIDE...

A significant spring storm is taking aim on the Midwest this weekend. It will have substantial girth and abundant energy.  It’s connection to gulf moisture and very slow movement will make it a formidable spring storm for the entire central… Load Article

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WHICH WAY IS UP...

Lisa “weathergal” Smith is on the road again tonight chasing in west Texas. Her group with Reed Timmer caught up with a nice supercell and I know they ran into some big hail. The Weather Channel interviewed Timmer on the… Load Article

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STORM 1 ENTERS THE MIDWEST

The first of 2 storm systems to impact the Midwest over the next 6 or 7 days is making its initial move. You can see on the satellite clouds are on the increase as moisture finally bleeds into the system.… Load Article

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THE DECK IS STACKED WITH LOSING CARDS....

From time to time I talk about the MJO (Madden Julien Oscillation) and its impact on weather around N. America. These tropical bursts of heat and energy  can heavily impact weather as they rotate through the equatorial regions. This winter… Load Article

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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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