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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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    10 tips to thunder-proof your dog

    Being a Meteorologist, I admit to the blissful enjoyment of a good, loud thunderstorm. I am growing more thankful each day that my 11 month old Black Lab, Oliver, is okay with them too. I’ve been using some tricks that helped me with my previous dog Theo, who was a puppy when I lived in East Texas (one of the stormiest places I know). Since I am less familiar with what doesn’t work, I am also getting some help by […]


    Reduced visibilities this morning from fog, not smoke

    We’re waking up to plenty of dense fog this morning. Visibilities have been reduced to less than 1/4 mile in Davenport and much of Eastern Iowa. I’ve gotten a few questions whether this visibility problem is due to the Canadian wildfires. The answer is no. The humidity levels are up near 100% so this is definitely water vapor in the air. Not to mention, if we had smoke this thick, we’d all be seriously coughing right now…and likely under air […]

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    You’ve probably never seen a crow ride an eagle before

    An amateur photographer has the photos of a lifetime as a crow landed on the back of an eagle while in mid-flight. The crow landed like a boss and the eagle didn’t even flinch! Phoo Chan caught the rare sight in Seabrook, Washington. In a report published in London’s Daily Mail, he says “I was photographing a bald eagle flying around hunting for an early meal when suddenly the crow approached the eagle from behind,” he said. “At first I […]

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    Millions being spent on efforts to help animals safely cross busy highway

    A new highway overpass is being built in Washington State to give wildlife the ability to safely cross I-90.

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    First peek at the weather for the 4th of July

    The Fourth of July is quickly approaching and all eyes are on our weather forecast. We will be updating this page every day as we get closer to the holiday. Right now, it appears we’ll stay on the cool side of things. It wouldn’t be the holiday weekend without at least a chance of rain. Right now, our global models are indicating the potential for a cold frontal passage on Saturday, the 4th. However, timing is a little hard to […]

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    Animation shows track of Monday’s tornadic storm

    Thanks to the National Weather Service-Chicago for this animation of the two damaging supercell thunderstorms from Monday night. There were dozens of reports of severe weather. The hardest hit areas are around Taylor Ridge, Sterling, Amboy, Sublette, and Coal City, Illinois. Thankfully, most people heeded weather warnings. While we are hearing of a few injuries, no deaths have been reported with any of the storms in Illinois or Iowa. -Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

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    See how tornadoes are classified on the Enhanced Fujita Scale

    Because there’s no way to accurately prove the strength of tornadoes based on radar or by sight, Meteorologists must assess the damage left by a tornado to determine the strength. National Weather Service Meteorologists must accomplish this as quickly as possible before debris is cleared up and signs of damage are repaired. The Fujita Scale was developed by the late Dr. Ted Fujita, who was the pioneer of tornado science at the University of Chicago in the 1970s and 1980s.

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    Dry weather for a few days; bad news after that

    Good morning! Showers and thunderstorms developed overhead during the wee hours of the morning, tracking southeast. As of 7:00am this morning, showers and storms are moving east of the News 8 coverage area. As a cool front moves into the region, humidity levels will drop as skies clear out a bit. And our dry weather will last for at least a few days. Friday will be void of any storm activity as the cold front settles into Central Illinois and […]

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    Update: Revised crest numbers for Rock River Flood

    6:22am Thursday – Good news this morning! The Rock River will reach its crest sometime later today, at a level lower than previously forecast. The National Weather Service now predicts the river will crest around 13.7 feet, short of the previous 14.4 foot forecast. Good news for residents of Shore Drive in Moline, who have seen major flooding in 2013 and 2014. Today’s crest will come short of both previous floods. 9:34am Wednesday – Heavy rainfall in the Rock River […]

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    Rock River could end up within a few feet of all-time crest

    Before we entered this active pattern, early last week we started talking about rising river levels. Now, we’re getting a glimpse at how high the river levels could go. While the Wapsipinicon River has been above flood stage since late last week, other rivers in our region continue to rise. Click here to see which rivers/counties are in Flood Warnings Of note this morning is the rapid rise on the Rock River near Sterling/Rock Falls. The river there has risen […]

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    Green River rose four feet overnight; Flood Warning in effect

    Yesterday’s flash flooding made it into the Green River which made for a dramatic rise overnight. The water level rose four feet by Tuesday morning with the flooding nearly at a “major” stage. The river will continue to rise through the day today, not falling below flood stage until at least the weekend. Stay off of the river and out of flood waters for your safety! -Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

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    Tornado confirmed in Mercer County Thursday

    Survey teams from the National Weather Service confirm storm damage from Thursday night was caused by a tornado. Shortly after 5:30pm a tornado touched down 5.3 miles west of Matherville, Illinois. The tornado was on the ground for six miles with a maximum width of 50 yards. The damage path was primarily done to trees. Some power lines were also reported downed. According to the report, the tornado had an intensity of EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale with wind […]


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