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ANOTHER BIG RAIN EVENT FOR THE C. MIDWEST?

It looks like our late season heat wave could come to an end with another heavy rain event early next week. While the intensity and specific location remains to be seen, the signals are there for some very generous amounts. Here’s… Load Article

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WELCOME TO FALL 2015 STYLE...

Welcome to fall! In the wonderful world of weather fall consists of the months September, October, and November. Just the way I like it, nice and simple. No worries about the equinox, no concerns about the date which in calendar fall can… Load Article

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SNOW TO FLY, A SIGHT FOR MY SORE EYES...

It’s been more than 5 months since I’ve seen the white gold (my personal name for snow). Now that September’s arrived, the anticipation of the snow season ahead begins to creep into what many of you call “my sick mind”. Love it or… Load Article

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HIGHEST PEAK IN N. AMERICA RENAMED...

For more than a century, the tallest mountain on the continent was named after the 25th U.S. president, William McKinley. Now, in honor of Alaska’s indigenous Athabascan people, who had always called it “Denali,” President Barack Obama is changing it… Load Article

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WAITING ON SUMMER...

The clouds are clustered, grey and low over the confines of the Swails ranch. It’s another summer day with the thermometer buried in the 70s. Here in the city of 5 seasons (some say 5 smells) the thermometer has never… 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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