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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    Please vote: Is it “dressing” or “stuffing” at your house?

    Here we are on the eve of another Thanksgiving holiday. While we’re all yearning for that turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and crescent rolls, The team on Good Morning Quad Cities is evenly split on whether it’s called stuffing or dressing? Help us settle this once and for all!

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    Snow and icy travel for Iowa on Thanksgiving

      Heading west for the Thanksgiving holiday? You should be good to go if you’re leaving today. But on Thanksgiving, there could be some slick travel on I-80, especially west of Iowa City. Southwestern Iowa is under a Winter Storm Watch in anticipation of some snowfall there on Thanksgiving. Click here for your national holiday forecast Here’s a look at what areas will see a combination of freezing rain, sleet, rain, and snow. Cities affected: Green Bay, Wisconsin Dells, Prairie […]

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    Here’s where there will be travel trouble this week

    As we gear up for a shortened week for most of us, all eyes are on a storm system that will work across the country, possibly causing headaches for travelers. In depth: Ice & Snow possible for Iowa on Thanksgiving Here in the central part of the country, a system will bring mostly rain. Snow will be likely in the Northern and Central Rockies, but as the system moves east, the warm air will win out over the cold. Some […]

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    See how much snow we could get this weekend

    Update: Winter Storm Watches issued in advance of the storm system. Several inches are likely for the Quad Cities, points northward. Social media is aflutter with the prospects of some wintry weather late this week. If we do get some snowfall, it should be expected this time of year. A few years ago, the first snowstorm of the season brought more than 10 inches to the region on December 1, 2006. While the probability is there that we get snow(and […]

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    When we’ll see the heaviest rain and how much will add up

    So far through 5am Tuesday, parts of Western Illinois have gone above an inch of rainfall. Macomb leads the way with an inch and a quarter so far with more rain coming over the next 18 hours. The heaviest rain will fall through the midday hours. A few rumbles of thunder are also possible this evening as the rain ramps up once again. Futuretrack shows possible totals above two inches by the time this wraps up. This is just below […]

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    Strong earthquake hits Greece

    A strong earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5, shook the western Greek island of Lefkada Tuesday. According to ABCNews reports, the earthquake was strong enough to damage roads and buildings. The preliminary death toll is two, but could rise. According to local fire officials, an 82 year old woman was killed in the village of Athani when a wall fell on her. The steep terrain of the area caused damage to some mountain roads and passes. Schools in Lefkada […]

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    Just a little effort could prevent street flooding

    It’s that time of year. Autumn’s fallen leaves will get quite wet over the next 72 hours. If you’ve raked those leaves to the curb, be sure to clear a path for the rainfall! A lot of times we get some minor street flooding with the big rains of November. Be sure to clear the areas around the stormdrains today. By the time we get to Tuesday, some heavy rainfall is likely…possibly on the order of 1-3 inches! While this […]

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    Really? First snow of the season possible in one week!

    There’s no need to panic, but there’s at least a small chance we could get our first flakes of the season by the end of next week. It all depends on whether we have enough cold air once a low pressure system moves by and if the moisture is available once it gets cold enough. These factors are way too hard to pinpoint a week in advance, but one of our computer models now shows the potential for some minor […]

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    The Eric Factor: “You have the only profession where you get paid to be wrong every day.”

    They say you can’t please everyone all the time. I’ve been in the television weather business for sixteen years. In those years, I’ve paid close attention to how the weather message is presented and more importantly to how it’s perceived. Honestly, I believe that’s just as important as making an accurate forecast. Still, I’ve learned to mute the negative people out there because, as Taylor Swift would say, “Haters gonna hate.” In recent years, it’s become more important to get […]

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    Alcohol possible factor in head-on crash in Moline

    Alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor in a head-on crash that left three people injured near the Quad City International Airport.

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    The Eric Factor: Why it’s not the “clash of the airmasses” that causes the worst storms

    The “clash of the airmasses.” We’ve always heard that phrase used to describe the reason behind thunderstorm activity. But it’s not really that simple. We get plenty of clashes in the Fall season, but see much fewer severe weather days versus late Spring. The perfect recipe for severe weather is complex. The bigger factor when determining where thunderstorms will be present lies in the amount of moisture available, not an abrupt change in temperature. The perfect scenario has an abundance […]

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    This could be the worst thing to happen to a waiter or waitress

    We’ve seen the news stories where people leave notes on their restaurant bill. Some are nice and some are downright mean. On rare occasions, some waiters and waitresses have been given significant tips! Now a receipt, originally posted on Imgur, is causing quite the stir on social media. After receiving bad service, the customer deducted money from the total bill! A note written under the ten dollar total read “Service was so bad, I took $2.84 off the bill.” We’ve […]


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