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 challenges of predicting a snowstorm!

    Posted on: 10:55 pm, November 28, 2013, by

    On my newscast Thanksgiving night I indicated the threat of a winter storm next week somewhere close to the Quad...
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  • Terry’s Take: Bitter cold lurks on the horizon

    Posted on: 10:41 pm, November 26, 2013, by

    A BITTER BLAST OF COLD? The writing is on the wall according to the long range forecast models! I’ve been...
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  • Terry’s Take: White Christmas, I’m already dreaming!

    Posted on: 10:25 pm, November 21, 2013, by

    Personally, I'm one of those romantics who demands a White Christmas.
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  • Terry’s Take: November Twisters, how rare are they?

    Posted on: 10:42 pm, November 19, 2013, by

    A rare outbreak of November Tornadoes occurred in Illinois over the weekend. Survey crews from the National Weather Service have...
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  • Terry’s Take: Now you snow it!

    Posted on: 10:30 pm, November 14, 2013, by

    You either love it or hate it, there’s not much in between when it comes to snow. To me it’s...
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  • Terry’s Take: The Great Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940

    Posted on: 10:44 pm, November 12, 2013, by

    Monday was the 73rd anniversary of the Armistice Day Blizzard, one of the worst early season snowstorms in U.S. history....
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  • Terry’s Take: The White Hurricane of 1913

    Posted on: 10:27 pm, November 7, 2013, by

    If you make a habit of leaving your snow shovel packed away until December, you might want to think twice....
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  • Terry’s Take: From Brazil with love!

    Posted on: 10:44 pm, November 5, 2013, by

    FROM BRAZIL (TO THE MIDWEST) WITH LOVE! With dramatic improvements in computer model accuracy, short term forecasts in the 1-5...
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  • Terry’s Take: Double trouble, the historic Halloween storms of 1991!

    Posted on: 10:11 pm, October 31, 2013, by

    This Halloween marked the 22nd Anniversary of two historic storm systems that greatly impacted various regions of the United States...
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  • Terry’s Take: Weather warnings, Australia vs the United States

    Posted on: 10:47 pm, October 29, 2013, by

    SEVERE STORMS DOWN UNDER… It’s always severe weather season somewhere! Right now the season is kicking off in Australia and...
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  • Terry’s Take: A fast start to winter…

    Posted on: 10:37 pm, October 22, 2013, by

    Back at the end of September I was blowing the horn that big weather changes were coming in 2-3 weeks....
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  • Terry’s Take: Tis the season for Indian Summer

    Posted on: 11:26 pm, October 17, 2013, by

    The sun is shining bright under a turquoise sky. A warm breeze rustles the leaves and jack-o-lanterns guard the stoop....
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