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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
  • Warm weekend here, big snows just west

    We are now headed into our second January thaw. Temperatures will go above freezing beginning at 10 o’clock today and last into the evening hours. A few hometowns (where snow has melted) could see temperatures rise into the upper 40s to near 50 degrees! More mild weather is anticipated tonight into tomorrow as well when temperatures will rise into the 40s once again. There will be one difference though. Clouds will thicken up as we go through our Saturday with […]

  • NWS enters severe season with better technology and communication

    Get ready for what could be a more active severe weather season! Today on Good Morning Quad Cities, we had breakfast with Donna Dubberke who is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Quad Cities. She said that we are in a La Niña weather pattern now which means colder weather for the Upper Midwest. However, in a La Niña Spring season, more severe weather is typically seen. In 2017, our local weather service office moved to a […]

  • Earthquake shakes area of New Madrid Seismic Zone

    An earthquake was reported the morning of Tuesday, January 16 along the zone known as the “New Madrid Seismic Zone.” The tremor began at 10:57 a.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center.  The magnitude 3.6 was centered 4 kilometers southwest of Caruthersville, Missouri. Learn more about the New Madrid Seismic Zone According to KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, residents of Southern Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arkansas felt it. There were no reports of […]

  • As climate warms, 2017 disasters were costliest in U.S. history

    New data released by NOAA on Monday continues to show climate change in a sharp warming phase, in a year that produced record-breaking disasters. Based on preliminary data, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, reports the average annual temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 54.6°F, 2.6°F above the 20th century average. This was the third warmest year since record keeping began in 1895, behind 2012 (55.3°F) and 2016 (54.9°F), and the 21st consecutive warmer-than-average year for the U.S. (1997 through 2017). […]

  • Don’t be surprised if you hear and feel a “frost quake” tonight

    A quick freeze is expected with the passage of a cold front today. From a late-morning high temperature in the lower 50s, all the way down to 11 degrees tonight, these are perfect conditions for “frost quakes.” The technical term is cryoseism. That’s when liquid water that flows down into the ground around rock and limestone cracks with abrupt freezing temperatures. This occurs because water expands when it freezes (the same reason soda cans explode when they freeze and why a […]

  • Does cold weather really cause the flu to spread?

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, 46 states are reporting widespread flu activity. Hawaii, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Maine have regional cases. But new research from Arizona State University says that it might not be directly due to cold weather. It’s really more about the level of moisture in the air. The influenza virus survives and spreads when the air is dry. For the Upper Midwest, the driest months of the year are December and January. That directly […]

  • Use this simple trick to figure out if it’s too dry in your home

    Is your indoor humidity too low? For most of us, we’d probably just guess that it is this time of year. Before I give away my little trick, let’s learn more about why indoor humidity is typically low in the winter season. Learn more: Does cold weather really accelerate the flu? Say the temperature outside is 15° with a relative humidity of 75%. Once this air is moved indoors and heated to 70°, the humidity in the air drops considerably to 10%. […]

  • Ever wonder how much water is in the snow?

    Good morning! Anytime we forecast a winter warm-up that has the potential to quickly melt off the snow, I get this question repeated: “If the snow melts quickly, will we get flooding?” In order to accurately answer that question, we have to look at the water content in the snow. The last official measurement at the Quad City Airport was just shy of 5 inches. This morning on Good Morning Quad Cities, I took a sample and put it in […]

  • How thick does ice need to be to make it safe to walk on?

    Earlier this week, a man and his dog had to be rescued after the man drove his truck onto the ice at Galesburg, Illinois’ Lake Storey. Thankfully, both were rescued and are okay, however the truck was totaled. It’s a lesson we all should learn. Just because it’s been frigid over the past few weeks, that doesn’t necessarily mean the ice is thick enough to go out on. Click here for ice conditions from the Iowa DNR According to the […]

  • Dangerous chills, followed by more snow

    A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for parts of the area through Wednesday morning as wind chills are expected down to -20° this morning, and again Wednesday morning. During peak warmth today around 3pm, temperatures will only be around 11 degrees with -10° wind chills. Tonight will be bitterly cold once again with overnight lows around -5°. Chills could dip down to -20° once again. With wind chills that low frostbite can occur on exposed skin in less than […]

  • Ever wonder why the shortest day of the year isn’t usually the coldest?

    Thursday is the Winter Solstice which is the official start of Winter. It’s also the day when the Northern Hemisphere has the shortest amount of day (least amount of sunlight). In the Quad Cities, we will have precisely 9 hours and 10 minutes of daylight with 14 hours and 50 minutes of darkness. Even though the days begin to get longer as we go through the month of January, the coldest temperatures of the season occur. Yes, temperatures get colder […]

  • The Eric Factor: Even with a warming trend, a White Christmas is still likely

    A White Christmas in the Quad Cities is still likely...but barely. Right now, I'd place the chance at about 55%. Historically, we get a White Christmas in the Quad Cities about 40-45% of the time.