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SEVERE WEATHER DOWN, MORE HEAT TO COME...

It should come as no surprise to anyone that severe weather is down once again across most of the Midwest. This tweet from the NWS in Des Moines shows severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings in central Iowa at the lowest… Load Article

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MORE HEAT ON THE WAY AS THE CORN SWEATS...

If you call the Midwest home, it’s impossible to avoid the rolling fields of corn that stretch for mile upon mile. This pervasive starch turns up in hundreds of our products from soft drinks to to the gas in our cars. It even plays a… Load Article

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LA NINA AND THE WINTER AHEAD....

I was doing my usual search of all things weather today and I came across an article from AccuWeather on the upcoming winter. It was interesting to me because it focused on what I believe has the potential to be a significant player in… Load Article

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UNPRECEDENTED HUMIDITY, TWISTERS TOO...

Saturday afternoon intense thunderstorms developed over NE and EC Iowa that produced 3 confirmed tornadoes. I was called into work where I aired tornado warnings for 3 consecutive hours. During that stretch I stood in one spot on a hard concrete floor… Load Article

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THE CAVALRY IS MOUNTING UP, RELIEF ON THE WAY...

Friday was another burner but at least in my local area not as bad as Thursday. Heat Index values were generally under 105 (a max of 104 here in Cedar Rapids). That’s much better than the 110-118 values of Thursday… 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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