MOLINE, Ill. — A familiar face to many will no longer be seen on WQAD.
Terry Swails, who spent five years as a meteoroloist with the ABC-affiliated TV station, announced to Facebook followers Thursday night that he was surprised to learn his contract had not been renewed.
"When I arrived at work, I was asked to pack my personal items, turn in my key, and leave," he wrote. "I would have appreciated the opportunity to say good bye to my co-workers and my on-air followers. For those of you who ask 'why?' I wish I knew. I asked but was never given a reason. I am extremely disappointed."
Swails plans to increase his presence on his Midwest-focused weather website, Tswails.com, which launched in December.
"I am going to get a little out-of-the box by doing some video weather casts similar to what you see on television. I've got some other ideas too." Swails wrote. "It may take a few days to implement some of this but I'll get it done."
Swails is an award-winning broadcast meteorologist with more than 30 years of experience, and specializes in weather affecting the Midwest region. He is professionally accredited by the American Meteorological Society, and spent more than 20 years with KWQC prior to joining WQAD.
Swails and his wife of 26 years Carolyn Wettstone also are avid storm chasers, and returned earlier this week from their latest adventure through several states, including Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.
Over the years, the couple have collaborated on many weather-related projects, including the books “Superstorms: Extreme Weather in the Heart of the Heartland,” “Un-Natural Disasters: Iowa’s EF-5 Tornado and the Historic Floods of 2008,” and “All I Want for Christmas is to See a Tornado.