Eric brings 17 years of on air 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 achievement in weather and breaking news.

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. Most recently, Eric spent a decade as Chief Meteorologist at WREX in his hometown of 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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    Snow grinds traffic to a halt northwest of Des Moines

    Some places near Lake Okoboji have seen more than six inches of snow with plenty of strong wind.┬áHeavy snowfall blankets about half of the Hawkeye State this morning. Here’s a live look at some Department of Transportation cameras. I-35 near the Minnesota border I-35 near Clear Lake, Iowa US-18 near Mason City, Iowa Here’s a look at the radar loop which shows the overnight thunderstorms in the Quad Cities and the snowfall in the northwestern half of Iowa. Have a […]

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    Snow joke: Parts of Iowa could receive a foot of snow tonight

    Winter is far from over. And just because we set six record high temperatures in a row does not mean we are out of the woods when it comes to snow. I still have a gut feeling that there’s still one weather system out there that will get the shovels out of the garage again. I could be wrong, but still. Blizzard Warnings are up for areas of Northwestern Iowa for what will blow in tonight. Heavy snow and a […]

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    Only 200 miles separate a blizzard and possible tornadoes

    A strong storm system has already prompted the National Weather Service to issue Winter Storm Watches in eight states. Snow will overspread parts of Nebraska and South Dakota on Thursday. Heavy snow totals are expected as far east as Wisconsin by Friday night with eventual snow totals more than a foot in spots. With winds above 35 m.p.h., some blizzard conditions are likely for parts of I-90 and I-94 in Western Minnesota. All the while, on the warm side of […]

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    Seriously, we’ll be warmer than Phoenix, and then it will snow

    Temperatures are expected to rise into the upper 60s today and middle 70s on Wednesday. Wednesday's forecast of 75 degrees is warmer than it will be in Phoenix, AZ this weekend! And this weekend, our temperatures will be very similar to Anchorage, Alaska.

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    Warm enough for thunderstorms and more record heat

    Look for mostly cloudy skies with highs in the middle 60s. If we get to 65 degrees, it will tie a record high.

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    Parts of Central U.S. seeing leaves weeks ahead of schedule

    With a spell of near record warmth coming to the Upper Midwest over the next week, many are wondering if it will cause plants and trees to leaf-out too early. The short answer is “No.” According to WQAD News 8’s plant and gardening expert Craig Hignight, “What will happen as the frost deep in the ground melts, the water will be soaked up into the trees to produce earlier buds. These buds still have plenty of time before they will […]

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    Forecast: Earliest warm up since Woodrow Wilson was president

    All week long we have been talking about the intense warm air that is coming into the Midwest for the weekend. It isn’t out of the ordinary to get a spike in temperatures for mid February. But what is unusual is the fact that we don’t have one day in the 60s forecast. Instead, we will go to 55 degrees on Thursday with high temperatures starting Friday afternoon, lasting for at least a week! It’s not just the fact that […]

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    Seeing these two maps puts our warm winter into perspective

    It’s no secret that we’ve had a very unusual winter season. We’ve only seen about 15 inches of snow all winter long and since the new year, we’ve had less than two inches! Compare our seasonal total to the unbelievable amount of snow in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, and you really see how “out of order” winter has been for us. In addition to the lack of snow, warm air will continue to break records […]

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    Winter Weather Advisories in effect through 6 p.m.

    Most areas will see 1-2 inches of snowfall, however 2-3 inches is possible for hometowns south of the Quad Cities. This includes the Burlington and Galesburg areas. Snow will taper off early this afternoon.

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    Traffic Alert: Multiple cars in accident on I-80

    Winter driving conditions are expected for the morning commute. We are hearing that at least three cars involved in an accident on I-80 near the Middle Road interchange in Scott County. We will update this story with new information as we receive it. In the meantime, use an alternate route, like I-74 and I-280. However, traffic speeds are reduced to about 40 m.p.h. on many highways early this morning. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect, mainly for areas south […]

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    Watch: Huge meteor lights up the sky over the Quad Cities

    Around 1:25 a.m., a large meteor streaked across the night sky. So far, residents in five states have reported seeing the bright flash which lasted a few seconds.

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    The perfect side dish for Sunday’s game is really heart healthy

    Who doesn’t love to munch on a Buffalo Chicken Wing during a football game? Today, in honor of Wear Red Day, the GMQC team decided to toss up a snack that mimics that taste that you crave! Introducing “Buffalo Cauliflower Wings!” Here’s what you’ll need for Buffalo Cauliflower Wings 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite size chunks 1 cup of all purpose flower 1 cup of milk 1 teaspoon of garlic powder 1 teaspoon of onion powder 1┬áteaspoon of […]