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THE CAVALRY IS MOUNTING UP, RELIEF ON THE WAY...

Friday was another burner but at least in my local area not as bad as Thursday. Heat Index values were generally under 105 (a max of 104 here in Cedar Rapids). That’s much better than the 110-118 values of Thursday… Load Article

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HOT ENOUGH TO BAKE COOKIES IN A CAR...

Holy mackerel, Thursday was a burner! It wasn’t so much the temperatures which locally held in the range of 90-95. It was the moisture levels which were reflected in dew points that reached as high as 84 in parts of… Load Article

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EXCESSIVE HEAT, YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT...

Hi everybody! After an extended absence I am happy to say I am back on the saddle. I’ve only got one leg in the stirrup but that is much better than the “bare-back” position of the past 2 weeks. Thanks… Load Article

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TERRY AND JON BON JOVI..CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG!

I take issue with the term “aging gracefully.” Who else wants to give a shout-out to the word “paradox?” There’s nothing graceful about deeply furrowed brows, buttocks dangling like low hanging fruit, and reading glasses. On the flip side, there’s… Load Article

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THE "MAGIC" OF HELPING KIDS WHO HAVE PARENTS WITH CANCER!

I was shopping for a birthday card today when this one grabbed my attention. On the front it said, “From the Cat.”  Inside the cat said, “Happy Birthday! Blah, Blah, Blah! Hope you have a great day! Blah, Blah, Blah. Can I… 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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