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  The Christmas tree is up and it looks amazing! Nice work by Carolyn and Eden. I just do the grunt work and say “it looks perfect” when my opinion is required. That works very well. Something I’ve learned over… Load Article

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Finally, I’m starting to see some clustering on the models which is lending a bit more confidence in pin pointing the greatest snow threat. I’m going to show the various solutions and then summarize my thoughts. I’m putting up a Christmas… Load Article

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The weather around the Midwest will change dramatically the next 24 hours thanks to the passage of a potent low pressure and associated cold front. Showers and even a few thunderstorms will surge into the Mississippi Valley today and tonight as… Load Article

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Time is short so this is just a quick summary of the latest snowfall forecasts from the various models. Understand these are not forecasts, just raw model output that forecasts are developed around. It’s still early and this is a complex… Load Article

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The latest data in this morning continues to point towards a significant storm that has the potential to produce both heavy rain and snow. Some severe weather is also possible in the lower Ohio and Tennessee Valley. Look at the… Load Article

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Tremendous Response at Terry Swails Rally

Thank you to everyone who came out tonight.  I had folks from Chicago, Des Moines, Galena and the Quad Cities show their support tonight and I am honored and humbled that they would take the time to join me.  Here’s a clip of some of the festivities.  Tomorrow..full board weather on  Hang onto your hats folks…you’re going to have the weather ride of a lifetime! Roll  Weather! TS

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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