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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. He is proud to live on Honorary Jim King Road, just one block away from Channel 8.

E-Mail Eric: eric.sorensen@wqad.com
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    Third wintry event of the season today

    Hopefully you got a breather yesterday because we’re expecting more snow today. This won’t be a major system, but the snow accumulation will be just enough to cause traffic headaches. We’re expecting only around an inch here in the Quad Cities but some spots to our southwest could see up to 2 inches. This will be much less than we had on Monday, but roads will become slick without salt and chemicals applied. The timing of this event will be […]

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    The Eric Factor: My Turkey Day Forecast

    Turkeys will thaw out in the morning and then warm in the oven to a high of 350°. The kitchen will be hot and humid. If you bother the cook there may be a squall or two. Later in the afternoon the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey and cause accumulations of 1-3 inches on plates. Isolated 5 inch amounts will be possible on Dad’s plate. Cranberry sauce will create slippery spots on one side of […]

  • Worst spots for holiday travel

    It’s that time of year! If you’re packing the kids in the car and heading to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, you’ll need to know what the roads will look like. Here’s a look at individual forecasts for the next few days. TUESDAY: Residual slick spots will be around from Monday’s snowfall. Poor driving conditions are expected for eastern Michigan and Upstate New York. The next Alberta Clipper will drop out of Canada late in the day, providing the Dakotas with […]

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    The Eric Factor: “Where’s global warming now?”

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, meteorologist, or climatologist to prove it’s bitterly cold in much of the United States. This, coming after such a bitter winter has a lot of people asking “Where’s global warming now?” You might be surprised to find out that it is still indeed occurring. Yes, the very cold winter of 2013/2014 canceled out some of the warming in recent years. Our cold snap here this Fall continues to offset the warmth, but we have […]

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    The Eric Factor: Studying different winter storm tracks

    With the snow flying across Minnesota and Wisconsin this morning, I thought it would be a perfect time for a little refresher course on winter storm tracks. Why is it important to study storm tracks? The track of low pressure gives us a big clue to whether we’ll get rain, sleet, or snow! Let’s look at three examples: THE RAIN TRACK: Low pressure tracks west of us from Kansas City to Green Bay. We remain on the warm side of […]

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    Energy Drink behind the fireball spotted over Chicago

    You read that headline right. An energy drink was behind the fireball that was spotted over Chicago Monday night. Many people saw the fireball and assumed it was a meteor burning up upon entry to the atmosphere. But some people noted the fireball moving at a slow speed. Usually, meteors light up for only a second or two. This one lasted for a while which made us all skeptical. On Good Morning Quad Cities Tuesday, we showed an amateur video […]

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    Video: Fireballs spotted streaking across the sky

    People in more than a dozen states spotted a fireball on Monday night. According to our news partner WGN-TV, several people in the Chicagoland area observed them. The American Meteor Society is collecting reports of the meteors. James Spann, Chief Meteorologist at ABC33/40 in Birmingham, Alabama, shares this note from Bill Cooke in the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville: “The annual Taurid meteor shower is going on right now, and we are seeing a […]

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    Warmest weather of the week today

    After the coldest bout of weather so far this season over the weekend, temperatures are surging upward. Look for hometown high temperatures in the low to mid 60s today with a southwesterly breeze. A few showers will become possible late in the day (after our early sunset). Showers will only add up to about a tenth of an inch. Cooler weather is coming tomorrow. Colder weather for Thursday. Click here for the accurate forecast.  

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    Chills in the teens this morning

    A strong cold front passed through our region shortly before midnight. Strong wind out of the north 15-25 mph will continue to buffet our area this morning. Wind chills have dipped into the upper teens in Northwestern Illinois by 6am. Very cold conditions will last all day long. More sunshine is expected later today as the wind slowly subsides. 6 am Wind Chills:

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    Headless weatherman

    Not only are temperatures colder this morning, but the weather man is shorter by a foot (or head). Hope you’re having a great Friday morning, even though the weather this morning is pretty nasty outside. Happy Halloween everyone! For a look at your accurate forecast, click here.


    Howling wind for Halloween

    Another “Squeeze Play” is coming to the Upper Midwest for Friday. The close proximity of low and high pressure will force the air to speed up in between. Strong wind will work down the entire length of Lake Michigan causing significant waves and beach erosion. But the origin of the air is way up in Canada and the wind will cause some pretty significant wind chills around here. Temperatures will slide through the 30s during trick-or-treating. Adult festivities on your […]


    Update: Coldest Halloween in a decade

    Yesterday, we had a 47° pegged for Friday’s high temperature. But it appears that 47° will be too warm! 47° would be the coldest Halloween in 8 years. But now we’re going with a high temperature of 43°. That makes this upcoming Halloween the coldest in 12 years! Parents: Now might be a good time to rethink those Halloween costumes for the kiddos. Maybe putting a jacket or long johns under the costumes. Will this cold Halloween weather change your […]


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