Terry Swails

Meteorologist

Terry Swails has been a broadcast meteorologist for more than 32 years. His forecasts have been seen on KWWL-TV in Waterloo, KDUB-TV in Dubuque, and KWQC-TV in Davenport.

Terry is a published author with his first book, "Superstorms: Extreme Weather in the Heart of the Heartland", debuting in the fall of 2004. He co-authored "Un-Natural Disasters: Iowa's EF5 Tornado and the Historic Floods of 2008" with his wife, Carolyn Wettstone. Terry and Caroline also collaborated on "All I Want for Christmas is to See a Tornado" in 2011.

Terry is the weekday evening meteorologist for WQAD-TV in Moline Illinois, while also overseeing his own weather forecasting site, terryswails.com, that brings accurate and dependable weather forecasts 24 hours a day seven days a week to his audience.

Terry has been awarded the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval. In addition he has been voted several times the "Best Forecaster" by the Quad City Times, QC Magazine and the River Cities Reader. In 2006, he was honored with the American Hero Award by the American Red Cross.

Terry and Carolyn have a daughter, Eden Malone, who was born in 2004.

Recent Articles

  • Terry’s Take: The 2014 tornado season eerily quiet

    Posted on: 10:42 pm, April 17, 2014, by

    Here we are in the heart of the 2014 tornado season and so far, barely a whimper. Nobody is complaining...
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  • Terry’s Take: The Yoopers are scoopers

    Posted on: 9:48 pm, April 15, 2014, by

    My wife’s family has a cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that we try and get up to a...
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  • Terry’s Take: Show me the moisture

    Posted on: 11:01 pm, April 10, 2014, by

    As we all know, this past winter was a brutal one. Temperatures over the upper Midwest were exceptionally cold. Many...
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  • Terry’s Take: The red planet rules the night

    Posted on: 9:55 pm, April 8, 2014, by

    Those of you willing to take a look will get a rare treat the next few nights when Mars, Earth...
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  • Windy and warmer Wednesday

    Posted on: 3:44 pm, April 8, 2014, by

    Tuesday turned out to be a keeper with mostly sunny skies and pleasant highs around 60. Tonight high pressure will...
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  • Terry’s Take: Tornado season off to a slow start

    Posted on: 10:33 pm, April 3, 2014, by

    Through Wednesday severe weather in 2014 was running well below normal, especially in the upper Midwest. All forms of violent...
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  • Terry’s Take: Just what the doctor ordered

    Posted on: 9:10 pm, April 1, 2014, by

    If you like variety in the weather, the upcoming forecast is likely to make you happy.
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  • Terry’s Take: Winter 2015, does the cold return?

    Posted on: 10:32 pm, March 27, 2014, by

    We are just coming out of one of the worst winters since the late 70s. While you may be focused...
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  • Terry’s Take: Cold and dry, we need some moisture

    Posted on: 10:30 pm, March 25, 2014, by

    So far the month of March has been big on cold but short on precipitation. Here in the Quad Cities...
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  • Terry’s Take: Record snows not enough to alleviate drought

    Posted on: 10:32 pm, March 20, 2014, by

    Despite all the snow this winter drought remains  an issue around much of the Midwest. Some of the driest conditions...
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  • Terry’s Take: The winter that keeps on giving

    Posted on: 9:52 pm, March 18, 2014, by

    This winter has pretty much been non-stop cold and snow. Ironically, our cold has been the product of warm water....
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  • Terry’s Take: No wrath like a winter scorned

    Posted on: 10:30 pm, March 13, 2014, by

    Tuesday’s storm which brought thunder, lightning, and heavy snow to parts of the Midwest padded the gaudy statistics of a...
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