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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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Recent Articles

    Few storms could produce strong wind today

    Parts of our area are in a slight risk of severe weather today. As an upper level disturbance approaches the region this afternoon, a few storms could grow tall enough to tap stronger wind in the upper parts of the atmosphere. As these stronger winds translate to the surface, some 60 mph wind will be possible. As far as hail goes, these storms will probably have a tough time producing much hail. That’s because of the fairly warm and humid […]

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    See what the GMQC thinks of Hardee’s crazy burger creation

    Last Friday on GMQC, the crew got wind that Hardee’s/Carl’s Junior would start selling the “All American Burger” which has a 1/3 pound of beef topped with cheese, hot dogs, and potato chips. After a call to the Hardees on 16th Street in Moline, they confirmed that May 20th would be the debut date. Today, Eric Sorensen took off right in the middle of GMQC and drove to Hardee’s to see if they would allow News 8 to be the […]

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    90 degree temperatures not too far off?

    With wind chill values in the 30s this morning, it’s hard to imagine that 90s are on the way. But believe it or not, 90s aren’t too out of the ordinary in the latter part of May. In fact, late May is actually pretty much spot on when we get our first 90 degree days of the year in the Quad Cities. Going back through a hundred years of records, May 31st is the middle of the road when it […]

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    You might be surprised how important weather balloons are to everyday life

    Since the 1930s, NOAA’s National Weather Service has analyzed the conditions within the upper atmosphere in order to understand what processes are going on above. At about 100 sites across the country, Meteorologists send up weather balloons to observe what’s going on above. You might be surprised to learn how important this is to your everyday life! Each morning and evening around 6 o’clock, an expendable instrument package is secured to a large balloon inflated with hydrogen. As the balloon […]

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    Second extreme earthquake strikes Nepal

    A little more than two weeks after thousands died in a mammoth earthquake, Nepal got hit hard again on Tuesday -- with another powerful tremor.

  • Video: Tornado lifts roof off Iowa school with 100 people inside

    In Lake City, the roof of Southern Calhoun High School was ripped off while 100 people were inside for an awards ceremony Sunday, May 10, 2015.

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    Some of these lightning facts may surprise you

    Tragic news on Wednesday as a man was struck and killed by lightning in Muscatine County, Iowa. Today, we’re taking a closer look at important lightning facts and what you need to do to stay safe this Spring and Summer. The most important thing to remember is: If you can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning. So when thunder roars, go indoors!

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    Heavy rain hits Macomb hard

    A slow moving thunderstorm caused trouble for commuters and flooded basements in the city of Macomb Monday night. A severe thunderstorm caused 4-6 inches of rain during the tail end of the evening commute. Not only were storm drains overwhelmed, the campus of Western Illinois University also saw some effects. Officials at the university warned students not to do laundry for fear that drains would back up. Sump pumps across McDonough County were working overtime while some basements flooded. After […]

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    See how your community compares to best and worst cities for air pollution

    Each year, the American Lung Association analyzes data from air quality monitors across the nation and issues a State of the Air report. Locally, all of our counties have received a passing grade. However, nearby Peoria County, Illinois gets a D for ozone-air pollution. Most Chicagoland counties also received near-failing or failing grades. On the other side of the Mississippi River, all metro areas in Iowa passed with Clinton County receiving the lowest grade of C. Scott County, Iowa received […]

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    The Eric Factor: “Delta-T” determines rain chances

    Storm chances increase when the “Delta-T” goes up. I’m not talking about the airline or the icy, cold drink. I’m talking about a change in temperature. Think back to High School Math for a minute. The Greek letter Delta (Δ), stands for change, so a ΔT is a change in temperature. Quite simply, the ΔT determines the stability of the atmosphere with height. If temperatures fall rapidly with height (a greater ΔT), there’s more instability. And if there’s enough moisture, […]

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    The Eric Factor: Are freezing temperatures behind us now?

    If you’re itching to get into the garden, there’s good news in the days and weeks to come. Freezing temperatures are not likely after today’s date…especially looking at the forecast for the next week or so. This is also the unofficial start to the growing season for our the Upper Mississippi Valley. Before we go any further, a note that we have seen record cold temperatures well into May. Freezing temperatures have been observed well into May, but that’s not […]

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    We may not be done with the freezing temperatures this Spring

    We’re waking up to temperatures well below freezing this morning. With the wind, wind chills even dipped to 11 degrees in the Clinton, Iowa area! Freeze Warnings are also in effect through 8am, when temperatures are expected to rise above freezing. A lot of people are asking if this is the last of this Spring’s really cold weather. While we have nothing this cold in the forecast for the next 8 days, it’s possible we could get more frosty weather […]


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