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CHIILY GREAT LAKES A SIGN OF THE WINTER TO COME?

Just yesterday I came across a post from the NWS out of Chicago that showed the water temperature on southern Lake Michigan at the second coldest levels since modern records were established. The surface water temp. Monday dipped to 58.8,… Load Article

THE BEAT GOES ON....

Hey buddy, how about this amazing weather. Believe it or not, the beat goes on and you can get the details right here in tswails.com… Load Article

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A COLD SNOWY WINTER? 2009 LOOKS TO BE AN OMEN....

The last time we had a July this cold in the Midwest was 2009. As you can see below the average temperature that year was 69.3 in the Quad Cities…good enough for second place all-time. Currently, 2014 is running in… Load Article

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THE FUTURE AS WE KNOW IT....

I’ve been admiring the weather charts Monday morning for their lack of what I would call “summer sizzle” here in the Midwest. A remarkably strong July trough is rapidly becoming established that is forecast to lock down for at least… Load Article

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THE MID-SUMMER SPECIAL! WHAT A WEEK AHEAD...

We’ve entered the dog days of summer, a time of year noted for heat, humidity, and sluggish weather patterns. This annual transition occurs as the last of winters chill erodes under the July sun or retreats to the prairies of northern Canada! However, that’s hardly the case… 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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