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SPRINGVILLE WINS! SO DOES THE WEATHER THE NEXT 7 DAYS...

First things first…the Springville girls basketball team is in the Finals of the state tournament. They whipped number 2 ranked Exira 68-57. As the official team meteorologist I am supremely proud of the effort put forth. Last night on KGAN I… Load Article

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THE THAW! A SPRING FLING IN OUR FUTURE...

The last 6 weeks, the weather around the Midwest has been anything but delightful. A nasty stretch of cold weather blew in towards the end of January and it’s never let up. However the writing is on the wall and… Load Article

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SNOW AND THE GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL TOURNEY

After mentioning my title as the official team meteorologist for Springville in the Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament, I got an email from a viewer who was adamant that every year the weather is bad and there is some sort of… Load Article

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THE TEAM METEOROLOGIST! YOU GO ORIOLES

Last week I got a message form Springville girls basketball coach Nate Sanderson which said, Terry – I know you are very busy and may not be able to answer this question. My name is Nate Sanderson. I’m the head… Load Article

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NOW COMES THE COLD....

The winter weather event that produced a mixed bag of precipitation around my local area is over. The winter weather advisories have been discontinued. Even up north in Minnesota and Wisconsin snow is quickly wrapping up. Here’s the precip. reported… 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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