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|Meteorologist Signs Book in Galesburg
|A Quad Cities television meteorologist says, for lack of a better term, he had a little extra time on his hands a year or so ago, and that's how his second book came to be.
Terry Swails was in Galesburg Saturday, signing copies of his most recent book "Un-Natural Disasters" at Stone Alley Books and Collectibles on Seminary Street. Swails had left KWQC-TV after an over two-decade run there, and says simply, he needed something to do while figuring out where his career would take him...which eventually led to a website and a daily forecast on WQAD-TV.
Swails tells WGIL that's when Mother Nature gave him a bit of an assist.
"This amazing weather event took place in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, where it just rained and stormed, and just went crazy there for about six or seven months," Swails said. "We had the Parkersburg tornado, which was an EF-5 storm, and that was the first storm of that caliber in Eastern Iowa in 40 years."
Swails says the book was solely to be about that tornado when, just two weeks later, the Mississippi River floods started to occur -- the ones that nearly took out the City of Galesburg's water system at Oquawka, along with other damage.
He says as far as he's concerned, those are the most remarkable back to back storms he's ever come across.
For more information on Terry Swails' book, "Un-Natural Disasters", CLICK HERE.
For Terry Swails' website, CLICK HERE.
(Meteorologist Terry Swails signs copies of his book Saturday afternoon at Stone Alley Books and Collectibles in Galesburg. Photo courtesy Ben Stomberg.)
|12 05 09 by Newsroom
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