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
  • Slippery conditions for the morning commute

    Snow showers will come to an end this morning, but not before creating quite a slick commute. Even though there isn’t much snow, you will want to allow a few more minutes to get to your destination. We will continue to update this story with traffic information as car-truck volumes increase this morning. Live traffic cameras | Live Iowa DOT plows | Watch StormTrack Live Road conditions will improve drastically after 10am this morning. We’ll remain mostly cloudy through the day today with […]

  • Incredible contrast in temperature today could fuel storms

    There will be a major temperature spread across the News 8 coverage area today. Places like Galena and Stockton, Illinois could remain in the 40s today while hometowns like Ft. Madison and Burlington rise near 80. The big spread in temperature, north-south, is caused by a stationary front. Back to weather school for a moment, fronts are where the most interesting weather happens. And today, it will be the dividing line between winter coats and summer shorts! To the north […]

  • The Eric Factor: Are airlines more focused on serving their customers?

    Plane maintenance delays and a touch-and-go landing weren't enough to ruin the experience.

  • Even though Winter’s done, we may not be done with snow

    Do you have anyone in your family who swears when they were kids, it snowed all the time while they walked up hill both ways to school? Well, there may be at least some truth to that. (Not the up hill both ways part though.) According to Climate Central, snowfall is on the decline and has been since 1973. You can see the spike from the late 1970s when we had several winter seasons with extreme amounts of snowfall. Another […]

  • Here’s how to get a copy of the data Facebook has taken from you

    If you used an Android device to connect to Facebook, chances are the social media giant has gathered information on you. The amount of it and the details may be shocking. The revelations have opened up the eyes of social media users who want to know what kinds of information is being gathered and shared on the internet. Here’s how to find out what Facebook has on you. It will only take a few minutes: First, you must be on […]

  • Foggy and drizzly start, but no alerts in effect

    No alerts this morning, even though there’s some patchy fog. Temperatures will be in the 40s for the day ahead with cloudy skies giving way to some sun breaks this afternoon. Tonight there’s another possibility of some patchy fog but conditions will be much drier than they are this morning. Wednesday will be the best day we’ve had in a while. Look for lots of sunshine and temperatures around sixty degrees! It could be even warmer for areas south of […]

  • A space station is crashing to Earth; Here’s where it could fall and when

    An abandoned Chinese space lab is expected to fall to Earth within the next week or so. While most of it is expected to burn up upon reentry with the Earth’s atmosphere, some debris could make it all the way to the ground. Beijing lost control over the unmanned space craft two years ago due to a dysfunctional battery charger. According to the most recent estimates from the European Space Agency (ESA), Tiangong-1 (which translates to “Heavenly Palace”) should fall […]

  • Snow storm comes just short of all-time March record!

    No question about it! This winter storm packed a punch. Snowfall rates were higher than two inches per hour for a time early Saturday. And the swath of heaviest snow produced more than a foot from just northeast of Cedar Rapids to Clinton, Iowa. In Lowden, Iowa, 14 inches of snow fell with 12 inches reported in Maquoketa, Clinton, and Fulton. In the Quad Cities, 9.6 inches officially fell at the Quad City International Airport making this the second biggest […]

  • Saturday’s snow could become biggest of the season

    Winter Storm Warning in effect tonight into Saturday 7.3 inches is the biggest snow event we’ve had in the winter season of 2017/2018, occurring on December 28-29, 2017. There’s a decent chance the Quad Cities wakes up to more than that Saturday morning as a potent late-season winter storm begins tonight. Over the past five years, we really haven’t seen too many March snowstorms. There’s a possibility we get more snow in the next 36 hours than all the snow in […]

  • Two knock-out dips to make on “National Chip and Dip Day”

    Our meteorologist Eric Sorensen teaches us how to make dips for National Chip & Dip day.

  • Next few weeks: cold pattern will turn warm and stormy

    So far, Spring has been slow to start across the Upper Midwest. Temperatures have been colder than normal with snow prospects continuing at least into this upcoming weekend. But Winter won’t last forever as each day sees more sunlight and retreating cold across Canada. The warmth won’t arrive with a snap of the finger like most of us are hoping for. Instead, temperatures will be slow to warm into the first few weeks of April. After that, temperature-highs will be […]

  • GMQC salutes farmers on National Agriculture Day

    Today is National Agriculture Day! Special thanks to Gary Bein of Davenport, Iowa for the nice note last week inviting us to help spotlight the hard working men and women in agriculture! He said it’s a great time to “pay tribute to the people that feed the world.” Honestly, I couldn’t think of a better reason than that. So, all morning long we broadcasted live from Rod and Julie Derrer’s farm in rural Rock Island County, talking all about farming […]