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 WREX 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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Recent Articles
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    Second weekend in a row with a big snowfall

    All eyes on a developing area of low pressure that will track across the Midwest this weekend. It appears we will be two-for-two when it comes to weekend snow.

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    Below-zero temps may not be too far off!

    We are in the midst of a very progressive weather pattern. Last weekend’s snowstorm brought between 6 and 10 inches of snow. Now we’re dealing with cold temperatures. But the next cold blast looks to be worse than the one we’re in now. And by then, we are likely to have more snow on the ground (which puts the lower atmosphere on ice). Here’s how it works. Above is a rough estimate of snowfall for the weekend. I don’t want […]

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    What are the chances of two weekend snowstorms in a row?

    Meteorologist Eric Sorensen says that there is a decent chance for some light accumulating snow both days this weekend.

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    True Arctic air on the way this week

    Are you ready for some cold? Usually after big snow events we get the “One-Two Punch.” That’s where you get the snow and see the cold. We didn’t have that this go-around. Instead, temperatures have remained slightly above freezing. That’s allowed about half of our snow to melt off. But a surge of cold air is headed in today, the likes of which we haven’t seen since March! Temperatures will top out around 38 degrees today, which is not far […]

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    See why Eric is on his soapbox again

    I don’t know about you, but I get really honked off when I see people driving in the rain, snow, or fog without their headlights on. Every time there’s bad weather, it seems there are lots of oblivious drivers. Even though they aren’t as visible, I seem to always notice them. As I was out and about during the snow on Sunday, I got passed by a red Chrysler minivan on River Drive in Davenport…going much too fast for conditions…with headlights […]

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    Dense Fog Advisory in effect

    Temperatures slightly above freezing have caused some snow to melt. Because of limited wind, we will have visibilities below 1/4 mile for much of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Counties included in the Dense Fog Advisory include: Jackson Clinton Scott Jones Cedar Muscatine Louisa Henry (IA) Lee (IA) Rock Island Henry (IL) Warren Henderson McDonough The advisory will be in effect through noon today. Please use caution and make sure you click on your headlights! -Meteorologist Eric Sorensen  

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    Watch us surprise the winner of our Caribbean vacation

    For the past month, Good Morning Quad Cities has been gearing up for this day: surprising one lucky person with a trip to the Caribbean! WQAD teamed up with the Chicago/Rockford International Airport, Apple Vacations, and RIU Resorts, for a four-day, three-night, all-inclusive getaway to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The contest officially ended Tuesday night which gave us a little time to formulate a plan on how to surprise our winner. We had to tell a little white lie […]

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    Snow on the way this weekend

    Are you ready for our first bout of wintry weather? We’re tracking an area of low pressure that is expected to bring some rain and snow to our region on Sunday. It should begin around sunrise Sunday morning with a mix of rain and snow. The precipitation will work from south to north as the morning goes on. Areas south of Interstate 80 will see more in the way of a wintry mix versus spots north of the Quad Cities […]

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    When you can see the holiday train this weekend

    Get ready, there’s a train coming! The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is coming to our area this weekend. The train is completely decked out with lights and a Christmas Tree adorns the cab of the train’s engine. Each stop will include a concert, fit for all ages. The weather will be delightful! Temps will be in the 30s and 40s each day. Coolest conditions will be for the stop in Muscatine tonight. The first stop is Friday afternoon in downtown […]

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    We’re wondering what life in LeClaire, Iowa was like 146 years ago #TBT

    It’s that time of week when we spotlight some of the greatest photos from our past. This week, we take you to Davenport and Le Claire, Iowa. First, let’s take you all the way back to 1870, almost a generation before anyone would cross the Mississippi River on a bridge. Here, several steamboats are moored on the riverfront in Le Claire. Notice how new the railroad tracks look. That’s because they are brand new…in the same spot where the current […]

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    Here’s how much snow we usually get in the first few weeks of December

    Welcome to December! There are 31 days this month and at least one of them will bring us our first snowfall accumulation of the winter season!

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    Wintry potential next week: what we’re watching

    The chance of seeing wintry weather is still there for next week. Maybe even increasing a bit.