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It may not mean much (unless you’re related to the barge industry) but the first tow of the season broke through the ice of Lake Tepin, Minnesota. That signals the unofficial start of the navigation season on the Upper Mississippi… Load Article

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The black hole of weather otherwise know as eastern Iowa has emerged again. In just the past 3 days 2 storms managed to wiggle  their way around the region. First, lets take a look at yesterdays snowfall. 1-4 inches from… Load Article

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After 2 storms in 48hours (a real big deal in what’s been a quiet 3 months) the weather is getting set to turn colder. We’ll get our first real taste of this change Thursday and especially Friday. You can see… Load Article

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A fast moving storm will run across Missouri and Illinois today and tonight bringing rain to the central Midwest. The northern fringes of the system will have enough cold air to produce snow. Some of the areas that had up… Load Article

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March madness struck with a vengeance Sunday night and Monday with 4 Midwestern states (Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota) reporting at least 10″ of snow. Thunder, lightning, sleet, freezing rain, and good old rain fell on the south edge of… 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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