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Eric brings nearly two decades 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 received two Emmy nominations for achievement in weather and breaking news and has been ranked in the top-ten nationally for his social media skills.

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).

While forecasting the weather is his life’s passion, getting out into the community is what keeps him going. He has spoken to more than 15,000 students about weather in his career, and volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association and Rebuilding Together Quad Cities.

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. At home, Eric spends his time spoiling his two dogs Rufus and Oliver. He’s also fanatical about trains, planes, cars and the Green Bay Packers.

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Recent Articles
  • Weather forecast for the Great American Eclipse

    Here is a look at the updated forecast for the Great American Eclipse Monday August 21st. Hopefully you’ve gotten your travel plans and reservations confirmed. Planning to be in the total eclipse zone at this point may put you in a giant traffic jam with little/no available gasoline, food, and lodging. But staying put in the partial eclipse zone will still give you, friends, and family quite a show! And tens of millions of Americans will see the partial eclipse. […]

  • Major hailstorm strikes Clinton and Whiteside Counties

    Severe thunderstorms packed quite a punch on Thursday. The strongest thunderstorms produced very large hail in a swath from Clinton County, Iowa into Whiteside County, Illinois. Around Low Moor and Camanche, Iowa, hail to the size of baseballs was reported. The storm moved just north of Cordova, Illinois as it crossed the Mississippi River and tracked to Erie, Illinois before dissipating. Thankfully, storms are no longer in the forecast for at least 5-6 days. However, the harm’s already been done […]

  • Did you know Farmers Markets are good for the environment?

    This is National Farmers Market week, a reminder of how farmers markets connect people with their local agricultural communities. And we’ve got some really great ones here in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. And at these markets, more than 60% of vendors travel less than 20 miles to sell their produce. That reduces the transportation carbon footprint of food in a small but meaningful way. But it’s not just about the transportation of these goods that makes it better for the environment. […]

  • River “wing dams” pose added risk to boaters

    Over the weekend, a popular food boat on the Mississippi struck a wing dam near Clinton, Iowa and sank. For the owners of the boat, they were just trying to maneuver away from a tugboat and barge. And the wing dam under the water just wasn’t on their radar. The owner, Sonya Carey-Otte, filmed the whole ordeal on her phone. Click here to watch Chris Minor’s sit-down interview with the owners of the boat While all aboard got off safely, […]

  • Here are the roads that will be impacted as Rock River nears record flood

    As much as a foot of rain fell in parts of Northern Illinois over the past week and all of that water has made it into the Rock River. At Moline, the water level is expected to be the second-highest in the site’s history with a crest expected sometime Tuesday. That could put many roads under water. Related: Volunteers help fill sandbags to protect Barstow fire station  According to the National Weather Service Quad Cities, at its present forecast crest of […]

  • More severe storms possible by tonight

    We are gearing up for another possible severe weather day in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Much of the day will be spent with southerly winds bringing in more moisture and sunshine increasing the instability.

  • First look at the 4th of July forecast

    If we don't get rain on the 4th of July, we'll be lucky. It hasn't rained in the Quad Cities on the 4th since 2009. And back in 2007 we had more than three inches of rainfall!

  • Wild weather possible for Wednesday

    After a sun-filled, gorgeous day today, get ready for a return to stormy weather. A moderately strong area of low pressure will work out of the Dakotas into the upper Great Lakes on Wednesday, with a trailing cold front that could be strong enough to produce strong storms. Up first will be a return of moisture levels from the Gulf of Mexico tonight. That will keep temperatures from falling down to the record-tying temp of 46 degrees from this morning. […]

  • Storm chances going up; major heat tomorrow

    Good morning! We have more storms in the forecast today as temperatures rise into the lower to middle 80s. Storms are expected to move across Eastern Iowa and Northwestern Illinois through midday, limiting temperatures just a bit. Where it remains sunny, places like Burlington and Galesburg could rise up to 90 degrees. Southeastly breezes will be gentle, in the 10-15 mph area outside of storm activity. Tonight will be warmer and more humid. We’ll stay in the 70s all night […]

  • Before you grill out this Summer, check out these secrets

    Chef Brad Scott stopped by the outdoor studio at WQAD this morning. And who says 6 a.m. isn’t the perfect time to grill? Today is one of the longest days of the year so we had plenty of light. And while we could’ve cooked up some mean hot dogs, Chef Scott brought the skill for the grill! The chef gave us some great tips and tricks for the barbeque this season. Putting corn on the cob on the grill? Smother […]

  • Why Summer begins here today, but on the East Coast tomorrow

    Good morning and welcome to Summer! Well, officially Summer doesn’t begin until 11:24 this evening, making tomorrow the first full day of Summer. But since the official start time is just a half hour or so before midnight, residents in the Eastern Time Zone won’t be able to celebrate until tomorrow…technically. And that would make Thursday their first full day of the Summer season. And we’re in for some nice Summer weather today. Only an isolated storm with highs of […]

  • The Eric Factor: What it means if the President abandons the climate accord

    ABC News reports that while no decision is final until the president announces it, the White House is working on how to roll out and explain the reasons why the United States will no longer participate in the Paris Climate Accord. First, what is it exactly? The agreement brings all nations into a common cause to undertake efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.   It’s not an agreement signed by just a few countries. Rather, 175 […]