Eric brings sixteen years of weather experience to the mornings at WQAD. 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 donated food and supplies via airplane from his hometown of Rockford, Illinois 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 in his career and looks forward to spreading the message of weather 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. For more than a decade, he worked at the station his family watched as a kid, leading weather duties for the most-watched news station in Rockford.

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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    The Eric Factor: Let me introduce you to “Al Bedo”

    Like Clark Kent turns into Superman, my alter ego is “Al Bedo!” The infamous guy who’s wearing black in the winter and white in the summer. Changing the way you dress in each season can make you more comfortable. Obviously, it’s better to wear black in the winter and better to leave at home in the summer. Those are the most important times of year to pay attention to “Al.” But instead of two seasons, let’s look at the temperatures […]

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    “Cross-Polar Flow” inbound for the weekend

    Get ready for a big chill! In fact, the air that is incoming for the weekend is true Polar Air. This morning, Cambridge Bay, Canada saw wind chills below -50°F! While we won’t be NEARLY as bad as that, we are looking very chilly straight into the weekend. From 7:00am Tuesday morning, we’ve got 173 hours of below-freezing weather ahead of us. That’s the longest stretch of any cold spell this Winter season! Here’s why we’ll be so cold: It’s […]

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    A basketball and a yard stick. Can you guess the weather connection?

    Even though we have a state-of-the-art graphics system, sometimes a few simple props can get your point across. Today on News8@11, I used a basketball and a yard stick to demonstrate how Doppler radar works. All morning long, the Doppler radar has shown snow falling across the Quad City Region. But go about 30 miles in any direction and the radar is blank. Could it be that the snow is just developing over us? The short answer is no. That’s […]

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    Snow, wind, and cold were a nasty combination for morning drivers

    This morning, we had a live blog as there were multiple accidents due to the snow and wind combination. Temperatures will continue to tumble so be ready for more wintry driving. Here’s a look at the play by play this morning: Good morning! Even though the snow will only accumulate an inch or less, the wind will really whip things up. Watch for low visibilities which could briefly cause white-out conditions. It would’ve been better if this snow squall came […]

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    Chef Toby’s amazing Coconut Curry Shrimp

    I have to admit, the idea of doing something so drastically new is a little scary at first. But this one packs so much flavor and it’s quite simple to make. Definitely two thumbs up for this one Chef! -Eric Ingredients: 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk 1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves, minced 1 tsp. sugar 1 tsp. curry powder 1 1/2 lbs. large shrimp, peeled and deveined 3 […]

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    At the current rate, you won’t believe how little snow we have left

    With 45 days until Spring, we are at the midpoint of Winter. But the midpoint of the three months of Winter doesn’t mean we’re in the middle of the cold or the middle of the snow. The second week of January is typically the coldest here in the Quad Cities. And as we head through February, our snowiest days are typically behind us. In a “normal” Winter season, 31.6 inches of snow usually falls in the metro area. This season, […]

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    We need your help naming our weather center plant (and how long you think it’ll live)

    We had a little construction in the studio over the past month or so. Now that the dust has settled, I figured we needed a little more life in it. But our new plant needs a name! Why? If it doesn’t, I fear we won’t take care of him/her and it will wilt and die. :-( This morning, I posted pictures on Facebook with the sole purpose of having you guys come up with a name. Much to my chagrin, […]

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    Chef Toby’s Shrimp and Squash Gnocchi

    Homemade gnocchi isn’t as hard as you think! And it goes perfectly with a few jumbo shrimp and butternut squash. Don’t let the flames fool you, this one is a cinch! (And it’s good for you too.) INGREDIENTS 1 lb. roasted butternut squash (diced) 6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 4 sage leaves 2 lbs. Russet potatoes 1 cup all purpose flour 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 tsp. sea salt ½ tsp. fresh ground pepper ¼ tsp. nutmeg ¼ […]

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    We’re inching closer to Spring now

    It may still be January, but there are already signs of Spring if you look close enough. Even though we can get mighty cold temperatures way out into April, statistics say the worst of the cold is behind us. According to Climate Central, in the Quad Cities, the coldest time of year is usually between January 16-20. Just because our coldest is shortly after the middle of January, that’s not the case for the rest of the country. The Rocky […]

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    Weather Channel Meteorologist dies in car crash

    Sad news in the world of weather as a Meteorologist at The Weather Channel has passed away. Nicholas Wiltgen, a Digital Meteorologist for the weather company, died as a result of injuries sustained in a parking garage crash on Sunday. The Medical Examiner’s office told ABC affiliate WSB-TV Monday the accident has been ruled a suicide. An eyewitness told Atlanta Police that a “Volkswagen Eos 3.2 was driving at a high rate of speed and went through the wall and […]

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    Setting our sights on a January thaw

    Temperatures will be stuck in the middle and upper 20s on Tuesday, but this weather is not representative of the forecast for the rest of the week. Tuesday’s 20s turn into 30s on Wednesday with 40s likely Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In fact, some solutions point to possible 50 degree temperatures as we start the weekend. Quite a nice break from the Arctic air we had last week at this time. This is the best news for the Rock […]

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    Here’s the reason why all jet airplane windows are round

    Have you ever wondered why airplane windows are round? The big reason is the altitude that passenger jets fly. Private planes that fly at lower altitudes have square windows because there is less of a pressure difference between the outside and inside of the plane. But jet aircraft that are able to fly as high as 50,000 feet, encounter much less air pressure. So the rounded windows are key to prevent stress fractures. “Real Engineering” on YouTube has a cool […]


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