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A WARMER START TO DECEMBER...

Much of the Midwest (and for that matter N. America) is experiencing a cold November. In some areas 2014 is in the top 5 all-time coldest with less than a week to go. Here are the temperature departures as of November… Load Article

SOME NEW IOWA SNOW NUMBERS

Here are some fresh snowfall forecast numbers for the state of Iowa. This is from the NWS in Des Moines and comes off their hi-res model. You can see the focusis centered on NC Iowa where some 4″ totals are… Load Article

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SNOW IS ON THE GO, AGAIN...

A clipper is taking shape that will bring more snow to parts of the Midwest late tonight and Wednesday. Models are converging on a snowfall outlook that takes a swath of 1-3″ snows from SW Minnesota through central Iowa and… Load Article

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I SMELL A RAT, OR A BAD MODEL...

I’m trying to get a handle on this snow event for you holiday travelers Wednesday. Unfortunately, the models are not very helpful. The morning runs of the GFS and hi-res NAM (the best US models) are not in sink on… Load Article

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CLIPPED BY A THANKSGIVING CLIPPER....

Snowflakes are still flying around parts of the Midwest but I’m already focused on the next disturbance that rolls through on Wednesday. That being a big travel day it’s going to create some inconvenience for some . I do want… 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 tswails.com.  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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