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A WARM END TO THE MEMORIAL HOLIDAY...

Happy Memorial Day everybody. Hope the holiday has been a good one so far. It appears as if we will close things out on a summery note around the Midwest with highs in the 80s. The GFS shows this. Dew… Load Article

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FIT FOR A HOLIDAY...

Hey everybody, hope you are enjoying a beautiful Sunday on a mild holiday weekend. Also, here’s a nod of thanks and gratitude to those who have served this country. Your contributions are remembered and deeply appreciated! I won’t make this long… Load Article

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STRONG STORMS A THREAT FOR SOME...

There is the possibility that strong storms will develop over parts of eastern Iowa and my local area Saturday afternoon and evening. SPC has highlighted the region with a slight risk assessment. The discussion from SPC focuses on short bowing segments… Load Article

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THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND, FAR MORE GOOD THAN BAD...

What started out to be a very chilly May is now on track to average near or even a bit above normal. That’s thanks to 5 days in the 80s and a long range outlook that keeps highs well above average… Load Article

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A TEXT BOOK SET-UP LESS THAN FRUITFUL SO FAR...

The last few days I have been showing you models that have been depicting heavy rain around much of the C. Midwest and my forecast region. So far, despite growing instability the storms have managed to bypass most of my local… 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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