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WE'VE ALL GOT A BIT OF EXTRA CASH...

The numbers are in for January and it was a mild and wet month over the majority of the Midwest. Around my area temperatures averaged 3-6 degree above normal…generally in the top 25% for warmth. No doubt it saved us… Load Article

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ED SAYS 6 MORE WEEKS OF WINTER, MJO SAYS NO...

Edward Lee Swails (the family hamster better known as ED), is my eastern Iowa groundhog. Since I know of no others in the area I have assigned him the task of letting us all know if there’s 6 more weeks of… Load Article

IS THAT A MOOSE IN MY BASEMENT...

Winter may not have been that bad around here (at least so far) but that’s not the case out west where heavy snow has caused hardships for man and beast alike. Take for example, the Idaho moose in the photo below.… Load Article

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I'M USING SNOW BLOWER MONEY TO BY PALM TREES...

As expected a clipper made a mad dash on the Midwest Monday delivering a wide variety of weather. Highs around Green Bay held in the teens and several inches of snow fell on central Wisconsin. Further south the sun was out… Load Article

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CLIPPER BRINGS SNOW TO SOME, WARMTH TO OTHERS...

The new weeks weather will be influenced heavily by a clipper that streak across the upper Midwest Monday. The track of the disturbance will play a major role in the type of weather any given area receives. As we see… Load Article

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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