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BOTTOM LINE, WE'VE COME TO THE END OF THE LINE...

It looks like the weather (which took the holiday off around the Midwest) is set to get active again. A strong disturbance diving out of the N. Plains this afternoon will spark thunderstorms that push into Minnesota and NW Iowa tonight. The storm… Load Article

MIA Ceremony

I FEEL THE PAIN AND THE NEED TO SAY THANKS...

The price of freedom is immense. War is not the answer but at times it is a means to an end. I’ve spent time today thinking about the road to independence and those who have traveled the ruts and wear the scars. Then… Load Article

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UNCLE SAM SAYS, MORE OF THIS WEATHER!

Uncle Sam demands it and and he will not be denied. The 4th of July 2015 will be a beauty around the Midwest. In general high pressure, sunshine, and comfortable temperatures will be as common as the fireworks painting the night sky. Here’s… Load Article

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JUNE...A REAL SOAKER!

The rainfall numbers are in for June and they were pretty staggering in much of the C. Midwest, including my local area. I saw a lot of standing water and plenty of yellow corn and beans in parts of northern… Load Article

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THE TOP 22 WORST STORMS IN CHICAGO...

Having just spent a few days in Chicago (very chilly ones at that) I just have to say what a great Midwest city it is. The pace (traffic) is too much for me to make it a permanent residence but I’ve always… 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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