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
  • Midwest’s first sticking snow happens this week

    Temperatures will be up and down and up and down this week. The first shot of cold air will mean widespread 40s for high temperatures Tuesday afternoon, along with a few flakes of snow possible across Northeastern Iowa and Southwestern Minnesota. Even though there could be some slushy raindrops here, nothing will stick. By Thursday evening, a more potent cold front arrives in the Upper Midwest…the coldest we’ve seen since April! It will even be cold enough for snow to […]

  • The Eric Factor: I need your climate change input

    I am embarking on a long-term project that focuses on climate change and how we make our conclusions on it. In order to focus on what’s important, I need to understand where the public stands. The following poll will exist on our website for only one week. While I know it is unscientific, the poll will give a baseline to where our audience resides. There are no wrong answers and if you’re willing to discuss your thoughts in person or […]

  • Viral video claims Mississippi River is draining into the New Madrid Fault

    Thanks to viewer “Jake” for letting me know about a video online that claims that the contents of the Mississippi River are draining into cracks in the New Madrid Fault. The video, uploaded to YouTube, has received more than a third of a million views, in just the past few weeks! Take a look. Instead of using scientific evidence, there are little bits of plausible theories and then one, big conclusion: the river is draining into the New Madrid Fault […]

  • Why frost can form, even when the temperature is above freezing

    Welcome to Fall! Temperatures were cold enough for patchy frost this morning with temperatures in the middle 30s across parts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Urban areas were just a few degrees warmer, preventing any frost formation. But have you ever wondered how frost forms? And more specifically, how it forms even with air temperatures well above freezing? Consider for a moment that when Meteorologists give the temperature on broadcasts, it’s a level of air temperature…not ground temperature. Typically, […]

  • The Eric Factor: “Rebuilding Together” helps families stay in their homes

    On Saturday evening, I had the opportunity to volunteer for Rebuilding Together Quad Cities’ annual trivia event. While I was just the “geek,” the real work was done by volunteers behind the scenes. And this was just one event to raise funds for a fantastic campaign. More than $2,000 was brought in and will go directly back to our community. I think of “RTQC” very similarly to Habitat for Humanity, which does fantastic things as well. But instead of building […]

  • Highlights from Bettendorf and Week #8 of GMQC’s “Score Pre-Game Pep Rally”

    What a way to celebrate two months of pep-rallies! Bettendorf High School was out in full force on the last day of high school’s regular season. Special thanks to Ross’ Restaurant for sharing their famous cinnamon rolls and a “Magic Mountain.” Ross’ is a symbolic part of Bettendorf, having been in business for 80 years! Bettendorf’s band aims to impress! More instruments than we’ve seen in any of the previous pep-rallies. The dance team and cheer squad also brought their […]

  • Investigation shows what killed thousands of fish in two Iowa streams

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has determined a cause to the source of a fish kill on Hickory and Hewitt Creeks in Dubuque County from earlier this week.

  • Ever wonder why temperatures are steady when it’s cloudy?

    Get ready for another drab, dull, cloudy day. There could even be times of drizzle and sprinkles. And because of that, temperatures will be steady from morning to afternoon. But have you ever wondered why temperatures don’t move when it’s cloudy and damp? Here’s the explanation: That’s because there’s lots of moisture in the air. And not unlike your grandmother saying “A watched pot never boils,” in reference to that pot of water on the burner, it takes a lot […]

  • Watch what caused the anchors of GMQC to cry-laugh after the show

    Week #7 of The Score Pre-Game Pep Rally ended with a splash on Good Morning Quad Cities. As usual, we ended the show with a performance of the high school band. But the students at Princeton High School had some fun planned for us right at the end. *scroll down for the 2nd video… Unfortunately for viewers, the commercial break before Good Morning America was already in progress. But we were watching live in the studio. Check out our reactions: […]

  • Rain becomes widespread in the next few days

    Rain showers and thunderstorms are a pretty good bet this morning with drier skies into the afternoon. Rain will become widespread by Thursday afternoon, lasting through much of the day Friday and into Saturday. This will be the best chances for wet weather in the past two months or so! This is really good news, especially for drought-stricken areas of Southern Iowa. Here’s a look at the hour-by-hour forecast, updated every hour. -Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

  • The Score Pre-Game Pep Rally at Galesburg High School

    Galesburg, Illinois is a great place. But the reason why it’s great is the people who live here and make it that way. And that includes the faculty, staff, and students at Galesburg High School. This morning on Good Morning Quad Cities, more than 300 students came to celebrate their school pride for “The Score Pre-Game Pep Rally.” More than a dozen students created signs that predicted a big win over United Township High School. Tonight is Homecoming at Galesburg […]

  • The Eric Factor: Responding to the climate change skeptics

    Even though it’s much cooler across the Midwest today, the air mass we are in is still technically warmer than the normal, or 30-year average. And even if it was a few degrees cooler than the seasonal norm of 72° today, it wouldn’t offset the record stretch of hot weather we saw in the past two weeks. Yesterday, I talked about the fact that we aren’t seeing the warm spells balanced with cool spells. And as expected, it got a […]