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ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END...

You don’t here much about it (mainly because it’s a good thing) but it has been 130 months since a category 3 or stronger hurricane has made landfall on the gulf or east coast of the United States. That’s more… Load Article

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THIS BRIDE'S GLOVES ARE COMING OFF...I'M FIGHTING!

I have a confession.  I hate to lose.  Really hate to lose.  Of course it happens.  Frequently. But it’s never easy, and I always have to see the irrevocable writing on the wall before I quit.  My latest challenge is… Load Article

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THE RAIN MACHINE IS SET TO RUN AGAIN...

What a way to start the week. Monday’s stat line, a high of 79 and a low of 52 here in Cedar Rapids. (Land O Lakes and Tomahawk in the northwoods of Wisconsin started the day at 41). It was the 3rd… Load Article

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TAKE A TRIP BACK IN TIME!

Did a little time-traveling this weekend.  Well…my kind of time-traveling where you step into the past, but retain all the good stuff from the future. I am, of course, talking about Galena, Illinois. The little lead-mining town that never got… Load Article

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FRESH TODAY! MAYBE NOT IN A CENTURY...

It’s nice and fresh around the Midwest today. Morning lows Sunday were well into the 50s around my area with Cedar Rapids slipping to 53. The NWS in the Quad Cities hit 55. Even more impressive was International Falls, Minnesota… 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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