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Summer takes forever to get here and then its gone before you know it. From a meteorological perspective, summer is technically the months of June, July, and August meaning in my world, the fat lady has sung. With only 3… Load Article

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A stout little disturbance blazed a trail across Iowa the past 24 hours. In its wake thunderstorms with heavy rain, high winds, and some hail pounded much of Minnesota, Iowa, and NW Missouri. Paul Brooks took this sweet shot of… Load Article

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So far so good with regards to the local weather this holiday weekend. Sunshine and mild temperatures prevailed around my area Saturday and more is expected Sunday before thunderstorm chances increase later Sunday night and Monday. Severe weather is still… Load Article

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I’ve been saying it for at least a month and I see no reason to back off now, September has a warm look to it. In fact, relative to average it may end up as the warmest month in about… Load Article

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Another downpour, another inch of rain. That was the case at the Swails ranch Thursday afternoon. A few miles down the road it was plenty more than that. The official total on the south side of the Quad City metro was 1.96″.… 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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