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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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    No April Fools: You can really play Pac-Man on Google Maps right now

    Google is out with their April Fool’s Day joke a day early! And this one might be a treat for anybody who really enjoys using Google Maps. If you want to play, it’s easy to start. Just go to Google Maps and look on the bottom-left part of the screen. There, you’ll see a little Pac-Man button. Clicking on that button will turn the map into a real-life Pac-Man game board!Scroll the map over your favorite city or even your […]


    The unluckiest spot? Three tornadoes cross paths in the same city

    It’s not often that the name of a city with a population of 50,000 is as recognized as Moore, Oklahoma. Sadly, the city came to national attention on May 3, 1999 when an F-5 tornado ravaged much of the city. Several dozen people died and damage estimates totaled a billion dollars in the surrounding areas. Click here to watch as KFOR-TV used their helicopter to track the tornado Like the center dot on the center of an electronic dart board, […]

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    The Eric Factor: Do you know your safest place in the event of a tornado?

    Thank you to everyone who took part in today’s Q&A with Meteorologist Eric Sorensen on Facebook. This morning on Good Morning Quad Cities, we asked you to think about your safe place in the event of a tornado. Today at 10:00 a.m. is the statewide tornado drill in Iowa. Now is the perfect time to think about tornado safety in advance of severe weather season. Here are some of the great questions, and their answers. If you have a question […]

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    Website allows you to see the exact spot on the other side of the globe

    Have you ever heard the phrase “If you could dig a hole to China?” I hate to tell you that even if there was a way to do that, you wouldn’t end up in China if you dug directly down. Maybe if you went to Argentina first! Argentina and China are said to be antipodes because they are on the complete opposite side of the planet. If you discount the elevation of mountains or the depths of oceans, an antipode […]

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    The Eric Factor: Hard to believe where Winter’s climate stacks up

    It may be hard to believe the fact that this Winter was the planet’s warmest since record keeping began! NOAA’s Climate Data Center reports that every landmass in the World was warmer than average except for the Midwestern, Deep South, and Eastern United States. Everyone else on Earth was warmer than normal. The biggest warm spots were in Alaska (where a lack of snow affected the annual Iditarod sled dog race), and Indonesia (where several devastating tropical storms occurred). The facts […]

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    The Eric Factor: What you learned about the equinox was all wrong

    Friday marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring. Officially, this changes at 5:45 p.m. CDT as the Vernal Equinox takes place. You’ve probably heard the term equinox used before. In fact, we talk about it extensively every six months or so! But the term equinox may be a little deceiving. The word is Latin in origin with “Equi” meaning equal and “Nox” meaning night. But the equinox doesn’t necessarily mean we have exactly 12 hours of daylight […]

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    The Eric Factor: Learn how the Northern Lights work

    On Tuesday morning, scientists observed a strong CME, or Coronal Mass Ejection. That is when a huge bubble of energy-charged particles is ejected from the sun. While the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are usually seen in high latitudes like Alaska and Canada, a strong enough event can bring the sight well south into the United States. But how does it work? The particles are ejected from the sun and travel at high rates of speed. In fact, they scoot toward […]

  • You’ll be surprised where the Quad Cities ranks in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations list

    It's no secret that the Quad Cities has a great St. Patrick's Day celebration. But Davenport (and the Quad Cities) is ranking high on a new list of cities around the country to celebrate the holiday.

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    See if this “Weatherman’s Note” will get you out of work today

    On Good Morning Quad Cities, we joke a lot about calling in to work when it’s so nice out. But we really don’t advocate that. First, it’s dishonest. Second, what goes around comes around. Third, you should use the “Weatherman’s Note” instead! Just print out the following note or copy and paste it into an e-mail to your boss. Better yet? Snap a photo of your boss when you show him/her the note. We just may share that on News […]

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    The Eric Factor: The most dangerous type of severe weather

    Warmer weather reminds us that severe weather season is almost upon us. The possibility of tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods ramps up in March, April, May, and June. But here in the United States, tornadoes and severe storms aren’t the most common type of severe weather emergency. For comparison, 65 people died in Hurricane Andrew in 1992. In the last EF-5 tornado that affected Moore, Oklahoma in 2013, 24 people died.  According to the CDC, flash flooding is the […]

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    The Eric Factor: Severe weather season moves from south to north each year

    While it’s only been a week and a half since we did our last shoveling and ice-scraping, severe weather probably isn’t front and center on too many minds. And while we can get dangerous thunderstorms any time of the year, severe weather will become more likely as we head into Spring. Did you know that severe weather season actually moves north each year? The season begins along the Gulf Coast from Houston to New Orleans in March. By April, places […]

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    The Eric Factor: Where do you like to enjoy the weather?

    With 60s in the forecast for the first time in over 100 days, it’s time to think about spending more time outside. Of course, the BBQ grills will need to be dusted off and fired up. But it’s not just about spending time in your back yard, for me this is the beginning of “Exploring Season!” In the past nine months, I have visited every county in the WQAD viewing area. Right off the bat, I stumbled upon some pretty […]


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