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There is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding what some model solutions are depicting as a powerful storm Christmas Eve day. Today the bulk of the model data shows the track further east but it’s six days away and that… Load Article

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I’ve been harping on the potential for a winter storm in the Midwest near Christmas for several days. At this distance the devil is in the details and I’m trying to establish credible trends and leads. What I have seen… Load Article

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SEASONS GREETINGS FROM BLACK HAWK COLLEGE…Make your holidays and your new year happier! Black Hawk College has more than 140 career, certificate and transfer programs. Take your next step in class or online at BHC.” Black Hawk College has been… Load Article

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You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout I’m telling you why, Arctic air is coming to town! On the right is the 500mb jet stream flow December 26th. Santa has come and gone and no matter… Load Article

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I just perused the morning data and the screaming message is this…WINTER IS ALIVE AND WELL and coming to the Midwest. As I see it now the thermometer reads 51 after a high Saturday of 53. In a post November… 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  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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