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: 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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  • Terry’s Take: DC Cherry blossoms a measure of winters strength

    Posted on: 10:39 pm, March 11, 2014, by

    Here’s a sure fire way to measure the toughness of a winter; monitor the annual blossoming of the cherry trees...
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  • Terry’s Take: Good news, bad news

    Posted on: 10:31 pm, March 6, 2014, by , updated on: 10:37pm, March 6, 2014

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for good news, especially this winter. Let me start you off with something...
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  • Terry’s Take: Great Lakes ice nearing record levels

    Posted on: 10:28 pm, March 4, 2014, by

    One effect of this winters non-stop cold is showing up on the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes. The ice...
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  • Terry’s Take: Too much of a cold thing

    Posted on: 11:11 pm, February 27, 2014, by

    If it’s not cold, it’s not gonna snow. We all know the basics when it comes to the freezing profiles...
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  • Terry’s take: Last week’s tornado outbreak in Illinois

    Posted on: 10:08 pm, February 25, 2014, by

    Last Thursday a deep low pressure rolled directly over the Quad Cities. In the process it was rapidly intensifying pulling...
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  • Terry’s Take: No signs of spring!

    Posted on: 10:36 pm, February 20, 2014, by

    As I watched thunderstorms roam the radar Thursday my mind wandered towards thoughts of spring. After a long hard winter,...
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  • Terry’s Take: A weather bomb

    Posted on: 10:42 pm, February 18, 2014, by

    A WEATHER BOMB BY DEFINITION……….. A type of extratropical cyclone characterized by a low pressure system in which the central...
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  • The good, the bad, and the ugly

    Posted on: 10:39 pm, February 13, 2014, by

    Before I begin this post, I want to qualify that this is something that popped up on the U.S forecast...
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  • Terry’s Take: Nationwide a winter to remember

    Posted on: 10:39 pm, February 11, 2014, by

    February is off to the coldest start ever here in the Quad Cities. The first 11 days of the month...
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  • Terry’s take: A little less giving!

    Posted on: 10:38 pm, February 6, 2014, by

    2013/14 has been the winter that keeps on giving! While I’m sure there is plenty more winter to come, it...
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  • Terry’s Take: 6 more weeks of winter sounds right!

    Posted on: 10:51 pm, February 4, 2014, by

    In case you missed it, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow over the weekend and that means 6 more weeks of...
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