Terry Swails

Terry Swails

A 28-year veteran of Quad-City weather forecasting has parted ways with his most recent television home.

Terry Swails announced on his Facebook fan page Thursday night that his contract was not renewed with WQAD, where he had been the nighttime meteorologist for the past five years.

"When I arrived at work, I was asked to pack my personal items, turn in my key and leave," wrote Swails, who had just returned earlier this week from a 2,800-mile, six-state storm chase. 

In his social media post, Swails said he was unsure why his contract was not renewed.

"I wish I knew. I asked but was never given a reason. I am extremely disappointed," he wrote.

Swails could not immediately be reached for comment.

WQAD general manager Jim Kizer said he could not comment on Swails' departure since it is a personnel matter.

An Iowa City native, Swails was the chief meteorologist for KWQC-TV in Davenport from 1986 to 2008.

In his Facebook post, Swails said similar cutbacks have taken place at TV stations across the country and that he will continue to deliver weather forecasts through his website, TSwails.com.

"It's who I am, it's my passion and that's what I will continue to do ...," he wrote. "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. It may take a few days to implement some of this, but I'll get it done."