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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 the most-watched station 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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    The Eric Factor: A new way to think about tropical storm strength

    Good morning! Two “tropical depressions” are spinning off the Southeastern United States this morning, one just off of Fort Myers, Florida, and the other off of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. But what is a “tropical depression” anyway? When you hear the word depression, you probably think of a low spot. That’s exactly what these are on the weather maps. They are relative areas of low pressure. However, to be classified as “tropical storms” they must contain a closed-circulation […]

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    The Eric Factor: Here’s why there are way more men struck by lightning than women

    A new set of numbers are in and lightning has been more deadly this year than any other in the present decade! According to the National Weather Service, 31 people have died after being struck by lightning so far in 2016. While the number is higher than normal, an odd trend continues: there are six times more more men than women killed. At first thought, you probably think it’s because of our masculine urge to grab the camera and head […]

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    Tons of Kewanee Pride for our first “Pregame Pep Rally”

    WQAD News 8 is kicking off another season of Pregame Pep Rallies, starting Friday, August 26, 2016, in Kewanee, Illinois. Jonathan Ketz was live all morning long on Good Morning Quad Cities. And at 5:30am, we already had a ton of kids at the high school! We are showcasing the school spirit and pride at local high schools every Friday morning. If you’re interested in having GMQC come out to your school, fill out our form.

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    The Eric Factor: Schnuck’s gives bell ringers the “heave-ho” and I’m okay with it

    Am I a total curmudgeon? Recently, Schnuck’s Food Stores, based in suburban St. Louis announced they would no longer allow solicitors at the entrances of their stores. This includes all Girl Scouts and Salvation Army bell ringers. My initial thought was “Really? The jerks.” But the more I think about it, the more I’m okay with it. Before you knock me for my lack of compassion, hear me out! Admit it, we hate to be pressured into donating money, especially […]

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    The Eric Factor: The world is flat

    That headline got your attention, didn’t it? Did you formulate your opinion on this article before the text loaded on your iPad or laptop? If you did, here is the reason I’m glad you are still reading: the headline does not represent the truth. You need to understand the context behind the title in order to understand the message. It’s the whole “judging a book by its cover” issue and it happens all too frequently in this era of information […]

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    Without water, you realize how big our dam really is #TBT

    It’s 1932 and Lock and Dam #15 is in the early stages of construction. Notice the worker standing on the concrete under the roller. Today, it’s hard to really appreciate the size of the dam. Rumor has it there’s some catfish the size of men that live in the shadows of these rollers!Built in 1871, the Harper House Hotel stood in downtown Rock Island for more than a hundred years. However, after a valiant effort to save the building, it […]

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    Genesis Healthy Heart Kitchen: Dottie’s Casserole

    Good morning! Eric Sorensen in for Ken Croken this morning. Before today’s recipe, a quick story. Growing up on Old Chapel Road, south of Rockford, Illinois our next door neighbors were Dottie and Bob Blythe. They moved in when I was a small child and were from a far-off, distant place of Bettendorf, Iowa. Twice a year, my mom worked as an election volunteer. On those days, Dottie would make our family a casserole. We never really knew if it […]

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    Buildings and roadways flooded in Dixon this morning

    During the predawn hours of Thursday, heavy rain inundated the city. Law enforcement reported quite a bit of street flooding.

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    A giant polar bear used to welcome visitors to the Quad Cities #TBT

    Can you believe at one time a polar bear welcomed visitors to the Holiday Inn in Moline? This long standing icon of Quad Cities stood ten feet tall, was approximately 27 years old and weighed 1500 pounds. The bear was purchased by a family in Coal Valley during the closing auction.Sept 1, 1914 was opening day at the new municipal bathing beach on 7th Street in Rock Island. Yes, Rock Island once had a municipal swimming area in the Mississippi […]

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    Record rainfall inundates South Bend, Indiana

    Parts of Northern Indiana saw 9 inches of rain overnight, inundating entire neighborhoods. Rainfall was coming down too quickly for storm drains and run-off basins to work effectively. In a report in the South Bend Tribune, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is quoted as saying the south and southwest sides of the city have been particularly hard hit by flooding. Numerous roads and homes are flooding and two houses collapsed. Meteorologist Matt Rudkin from WSBT shared this photo of a grocery store […]

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    Ragweed season is here, but it’s not all bad news

    Have you started sniffling and sneezing in the past few days? Do you have itchy and watery eyes? If you are shaking your head “yes,” it’s probably because you’re allergic to ragweed. And we’re right at the beginning of our yearly ragweed season. In Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, the season usually kicks off in the middle of August. According to Dr. Mark Blaser, an allergist at Medical Arts in Moline, the next few weeks will be prime time for […]

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    Yes, funnel clouds can happen without a storm or rain

    Thanks to Nancy Olson for sending in a photo of a funnel cloud near New Windsor, Illinois. It occurred on Sunday afternoon under a rapidly developing cumulus cloud. And yes, funnel clouds like these can happen without any rain or thunderstorm activity. Quite simply, a funnel like this is a product of the tremendous upward movement of air within the cloud. As that air moves upward, it produces a cyclonic twist under the base of the cloud…much like what happens […]


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