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: Tough winter! Blame it on the Pacific

    Posted on: 10:37 pm, January 28, 2014, by

    Ask anybody in the Midwest if this has been a cold winter and the answer is bound to be a...
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  • Terry’s Take: Buckle up, we’re in for a bumpy ride!

    Posted on: 10:46 pm, January 23, 2014, by

    An extremely dynamic and active weather pattern is taking shape this weekend that will create large temperatures swings, powerful winds,...
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  • Terry’s Take: If you can’t beat em, join em!

    Posted on: 10:42 pm, January 21, 2014, by

    Jed Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies was a millionaire and a pretty smart guy. He frequently said, if you can’t...
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  • Terry’s Take: Winter is alive and well!

    Posted on: 10:45 pm, January 16, 2014, by

    Talk about a smoking gun! The weather the next 2-3 weeks looks fully loaded. There is lots of winter on...
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  • Terry’s take: Dry conditions ahead, winter grinds on!

    Posted on: 10:41 pm, January 14, 2014, by , updated on: 10:44pm, January 14, 2014

    A clipper with a chip on it’s shoulder has brought, wind, cold, and snow back to the Midwest. A peak...
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  • Terry’s Take: Long haired freaky cold need not apply

    Posted on: 10:33 pm, January 9, 2014, by

    There was a song back in the days of flower power (1971) by the 5 Man Electric Band called Signs....
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  • Terry’s Takes: As the world turns, so does the weather!

    Posted on: 10:37 pm, January 7, 2014, by

    Early Tuesday morning, temperatures over most of the Midwest were residing in sub-zero territory of -5 to -15. This of...
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  • Terry’s Take: Only 81 days until spring!

    Posted on: 10:53 pm, January 2, 2014, by

    At 10pm Thursday night, the temperature in Mason City, Iowa was 19 below and falling fast. Directly under the Arctic...
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  • Terry’s Take: All-time record cold next week?

    Posted on: 10:32 pm, December 31, 2013, by

    My goodness everybody, I’ve never seen this on a model before so I felt obliged to share it with you...
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  • Terry’s Take: The coldest temperature on earth

    Posted on: 10:38 pm, December 10, 2013, by

    Feeling chilly? Tired of the sub-zero cold and bitter wind chills of the past week? Well cheer up, it could...
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  • Terry’s Take: A snowy winter! I’m not drinking the Kool Aid

    Posted on: 10:50 pm, December 5, 2013, by

    For many in the Midwest, Fall (September-November) has been dry and void of significant storms. Isolated events have popped up...
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  • The U.S. snow drought is coming to an end!

    Posted on: 10:29 pm, December 3, 2013, by

    I’m watching a Charlie Brown Christmas and they are eating snowflakes. Lucy says, “It’s too early. I never eat December...
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