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Eric comes to WQAD after working for more than a decade leading the most-watched weather team in his hometown of Rockford. He received two Silver Dome Awards by the Illinois Broadcasters Association for excellence in weather coverage and breaking news. He has also received two Emmy nominations for weather achievement. In 2008, he led a relief effort for devastating flooding in Iowa. He coordinated private pilots who delivered supplies and food via airplane from Rockford to Eastern Iowa (since all of the bridges across the Mississippi River were closed).

He’s most happy getting into the schools, teaching youngsters about severe weather. He has spoken to more than 15,000 students and looks forward to spreading the message of safety.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University, Eric chased tornadoes and hurricanes while working at KTRE in Lufkin, Texas as the Chief Meteorologist and as the Morning Meteorologist at KLTV in Tyler, Texas.

When he’s not at work, look for him kayaking area lakes and rivers. He’s also fanatical about trains, planes, and the Green Bay Packers.

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    Timing the wet weather for Labor Day Weekend

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    Hurricane Fred makes history in the Atlantic

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    Heat wave could be hotter if Erika gets stronger off Florida coast

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    Even Glenn Beck thinks Eric Sorensen looks like Glenn Beck

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    Fire breaks out at downtown Galesburg restaurant

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    Danny upgraded to a hurricane; could threaten U.S.

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    Possible tornadoes in Illinois and Wisconsin

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    Northwestern Illinois hard hit by flooding

    Up to two inches of rain fell in about an hour’s time in a corridor from Clinton, Iowa up to the Rockford, Illinois area Tuesday night. StormTrack 8 shows many locations saw heavy rain, especially north of the Quad Cities. A few isolated spots got up to five inches of rain. Possible tornadoes touch down in Illinois and Wisconsin Rockford was hardest hit by flash flooding. Laurie Grimes took the photo below along Charles Street, near SwedishAmerican Hospital. She reports […]

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    Quad Cities NWS Doppler problems bring added challenge to stormtrackers

    According to the Quad Cities National Weather Service office, the Doppler radar at Davenport is not operational today. In a bulletin, the National Weather Service reports “THE DVN 88D RADAR IS DOWN FOR EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE. PARTS ARE ON EMERGENCY ORDER.  THE RADAR MAY BE NOT RETURN TO SERVICE UNTIL WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19TH.” While Doppler radar is incredibly reliable, these complex machines can malfunction and go down. That’s the case in the Quad Cities today. Not great timing as we have […]


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