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Eric comes to WQAD after working for more than a decade leading the most-watched weather team in his hometown of Rockford. 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 supplies and food via airplane from Rockford 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 and looks forward to spreading the message of 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.

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.

E-Mail Eric: eric.sorensen@wqad.com
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    3 guesses what the green is on radar and it’s not rain

    Shortly before sunrise this morning, what appeared to be a large batch of rain showed up on StormTrack 8. But our atmosphere doesn’t support any rainfall. In fact, clouds were hard to come by over most of the area. So what was the big green blob over the Mississippi River this morning? We can speculate on one of three things. First, Doppler Radar can pick up biological things in the air like bugs and birds. In this case, the radar […]

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    Seriously, this common bug can tell you the weather

    Don’t have a thermometer but want to know the temperature? No problem, just use crickets! Seriously, crickets can tell you what the temperature is outside! Tis the season for cricket-chirps and it seems they are all around us singing their nightly tune. But did you know the speed of their chirps increases as the temperature goes up? And there’s a mathematical equation you can use to figure out the temperature! Count the number of cricket chirps from a single cricket […]

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    Reflective photo plays tricks with your mind

    Take a close look at this photo. It was taken by Steve Brown in Norway, Michigan yesterday. The water was so clear, the reflection was completely mirrored! So much so that it might be hard to figure out which one is right-side up! Look at it for a minute and then click on the letter A or B for the correct answer. Photos: Optical illusions My question is why isn’t the sky and water completely mirrored in color? It appears […]

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    You might be surprised to see where Illinois ranks in tornadoes this year

    It was a busy day for tornadoes on Thursday as several were reported in Henderson, Warren, and Rock Island Counties. To date, the State of Illinois is now in 4th place when it comes to tornadoes this year. Illinois trails the “Tornado Alley” states of Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. According to the Storm Prediction Center’s data set, 164 tornadoes touched down so far in 2015 across Texas. While Illinois has seen about a third of that, when you consider Texas […]

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    The Eric Factor: The most important severe weather factors

    Good morning! Yesterday, we were in a rare Level-4 severe weather risk. During the afternoon, it only took about a half hour from the first raindrop to baseball sized hail. With such instability, when I saw the first sign of storms, I drove northwest of the Quad Cities by about a half hour. Turns out, I was not far from where the largest hail was reported. The strongest storm affected the community of Calamus, Iowa. I got a good glimpse […]

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    Coal Valley residents rescued from home during overnight flooding

    Coal Creek rose faster than some residents have ever witnessed.

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    Why the Quad Cities had the worst air quality in the nation July 7

    Bad news for those with asthma, emphysema, or other breathing difficulties as our region has the worst air quality in the nation this morning. According to the EPA and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, there are unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter and ozone. A lot of this is due to ongoing wildfires in Western Canada. Here at WQAD News 8, there is a definite smell of smoke in the air. For the past few weeks, this smoke has mainly […]

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    Pollution levels spike after Saturday night fireworks

    For generations, fireworks displays have been an American tradition around the 4th of July. While the smoke from exploding fireworks goes unnoticed due to the onset of nightfall, the chemicals leftover from fireworks last for many hours and days. The animation above shows the increase in pollution levels in the hours after the fireworks displays Saturday night. Notice how the air becomes unhealthy, especially around the Chicago area. This is due in part to an inversion in the atmosphere that […]

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    10 tips to thunder-proof your dog

    Being a Meteorologist, I admit to the blissful enjoyment of a good, loud thunderstorm. I am growing more thankful each day that my 11 month old Black Lab, Oliver, is okay with them too. I’ve been using some tricks that helped me with my previous dog Theo, who was a puppy when I lived in East Texas (one of the stormiest places I know). Since I am less familiar with what doesn’t work, I am also getting some help by […]


    Reduced visibilities this morning from fog, not smoke

    We’re waking up to plenty of dense fog this morning. Visibilities have been reduced to less than 1/4 mile in Davenport and much of Eastern Iowa. I’ve gotten a few questions whether this visibility problem is due to the Canadian wildfires. The answer is no. The humidity levels are up near 100% so this is definitely water vapor in the air. Not to mention, if we had smoke this thick, we’d all be seriously coughing right now…and likely under air […]

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    You’ve probably never seen a crow ride an eagle before

    An amateur photographer has the photos of a lifetime as a crow landed on the back of an eagle while in mid-flight. The crow landed like a boss and the eagle didn’t even flinch! Phoo Chan caught the rare sight in Seabrook, Washington. In a report published in London’s Daily Mail, he says “I was photographing a bald eagle flying around hunting for an early meal when suddenly the crow approached the eagle from behind,” he said. “At first I […]

  • A rendition of the Price Creek crossing site on I-90

    Millions being spent on efforts to help animals safely cross busy highway

    A new highway overpass is being built in Washington State to give wildlife the ability to safely cross I-90.


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