Hi everyone, as you know, is a no-pay site; we exist on voluntary personal donations. Every year I ask those of you who find value in the site to make the financial donation you feel is worthy. I'm suggesting $20.00, which is roughly a nickel a day. Less than 5% of my readers donate, so your gift is not only appreciated, it helps immensely.

​It is important to note that your donation, whatever you can swing, supports the content, infrastructure, and operational costs of Entering our 11th year of operation, we've become one of the most in-depth, trusted, and informative weather sites in the Midwest. Without your loyalty and financial help, my dream would never have become a reality. As weather friends, you are considered a part of my family, and we can't thank you enough for putting your trust in us.

​Click the secure Gofundme donation box on the right to contribute. Thanks very much!


Back in 2013, I came to the decision that I could make a more significant difference in people's lives by starting a weather website dedicated to the people of the Midwest. I aimed to drill into the specifics of what it takes to produce a forecast to teach others what's taken me a lifetime to learn. I wanted to share my passion for weather and the thoughts, insights, and challenges that shape forecast strategy. The whole idea was to offer users a behind-the-scenes perspective they couldn't get anywhere else. An honest, personalized, in-depth look at what was about to happen in their backyard.

Ten years later, I'm asking for your help. Running a website like this does require working capital. Despite the many hours I devote to preparing my blogs, my only compensation is your donation, yet I pay my weather contributors as their incredible work in writing blogs and analyses deserves compensation. Then there are legal fees, server expenses, hosting fees and data sites I pay to get the best weather data possible. The time and expenses add up.

For the first six years, I subsidized the site and its expenses through my employment as a television meteorologist. However, now that I'm retired that financial outlet no longer exists, and social security has limitations, especially with a daughter in college. If you want the site to continue as is, I humbly ask for a voluntary donation. While any amount helps, I'm asking you to consider $20. That's less than 4 cents a day for the more than 445 posts generated over the past year. I hope you feel that's an exceptional value and a service worth paying for, especially if I've helped, educated, or entertained you these past ten years.

Your generosity will allow me to continue my goal of providing the best weather information possible for my area and beyond. I sincerely want to be the source you can count on when the skies threaten, or plans need to be made. It's my mission to be out in front of the weather, so you are prepared. Whether your business is farming, construction, cutting grass, or plowing snow, you can depend on me for accurate forecasts to make vital personal and financial decisions. After 47 years, I remain committed to you.

Thank you so much for considering a contribution, and rest assured that you will get a product that is well worth the investment. You have my word on that. By the way, the support form is safe and secure and has nothing to do with Facebook. The future of is in your hands.

T. Swails

Since its inception, has grown to a point where there are 1.92 million active users. Virtually every country in the world has weather enthusiasts who check in to see what's going on with Midwest weather. I never saw that coming! A pat on the back to everyone who made it happen.

Please note, no sweepstakes, giveaways, or promotions are offered in exchange for any donations made to this Gofundme campaign.


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Terry Swails
East Dubuque, IL

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