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
  • Welcome to the Quad Cities’ rainiest stretch in 648 days

    If it seems unusually gloomy outside, you’re absolutely right. This morning’s light showers officially gives us observed precipitation five days in a row. And unfortunately, the weather will produce more before the sun shines again. Click here to track today’s rain A few sprinkles or light showers will continue into early afternoon before drying out. But we’ll quickly get back into a rainy pattern tomorrow afternoon, lasting through Friday. If the forecast for rain verifies, rainfall on Friday will make […]

  • This looks like a monstrous tornado…but is it?

    Kevin Lighty, who is the Chief Meteorologist at KSPR-TV in Springfield, Missouri took this photo while on a stormchase in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma this week. At first glance, it’s surely a tornado. But not so fast! Before we come to a definitive conclusion, we need to examine it further. While there is a slight chance there is a funnel or even a tornado a few miles beyond the tree in the center of the photo, there’s probably not. The part […]

  • Dangerous storm days ahead down south

    Today will be the first of four days of weather with possible severe weather across the Deep South. Severe thunderstorms including large, damaging hail, dangerous straight-line winds, and a few tornadoes, are possible. Looking at the scope of the threat areas, about a quarter of the Continental U.S. will be in the threat area for dangerous weather. Today, storms will affect the spine of “tornado alley,” from Oklahoma City through Dallas-Ft. Worth, down to Austin and San Antonio. By Wednesday, […]

  • UPDATE: Stalled car removed from Iowa-Bound I-74 Bridge

    7:15am – The car has been removed. Traffic is returning to normal. 7:05am – Traffic is now backed up to 7th Avenue, Iowa-bound. 6:55am – Not a good way to start the Monday morning commute. A car is stalled on the right hand lane of the Iowa-bound I-74 Bridge. Use a different route or pack a little patience.

  • Leave the bread at home; here’s what ducks really want!

    When you think about feeding ducks, you probably instinctively think of white bread. And while the ducks and geese in our parks gobble that up like it’s their favorite meal, it’s not the right choice. Quite simply, white bread does not have the proper nutrition that water fowl need. And the uneaten bread and excrement causes an influx in algae which can cause fish-kills and smelly water. According to a Facebook post by the Peterborough Field Naturalists of Ontario, here […]

  • Here’s everything you need to know with strong storms possible tonight

    Most of our Friday will be dry, but storms are expected after 5 p.m. tonight.

  • Have weekend plans? Here’s when it will rain and how much we will get

    It’s been a long time since we’ve had a rainy weekend in the Quad Cities. In fact, you have to look back to Christmas weekend to find days with an abundance of either rain or snow. This weekend, we have a good deal of moisture incoming from the Gulf of Mexico. Some of our weather models show as much as three inches of rain possible! While this may be an outlier, should some thunderstorms repeat over one given location, it […]

  • Storm chance increases Friday night, severe risk just south

    While Thursday will be quite chilly with a few rumbly showers (with possible ice pellets), the atmosphere will be much more unstable on Friday.

  • Today on GMQC: Doritos promposal, unique wall art, and reviewing the rules of 4-way stop signs

    If you didn’t watch Wednesday’s Good Morning Quad Cities,¬†here are the most interesting things you missed. First, the “bottom” of the news on the top.¬†Etsy now has custom butt weaving! That’s right, now you can own your very own custom butt weaving to display anywhere you’d like! Bonus points for news anchors reading “butt weaving” off of the TelePrompter: Next up, a boy has a unique proposal for Prom. Instead of a bouquet of flowers, he’s got Doritos! Let’s be […]

  • The Quad Cities hasn’t had a rainy weekend since Christmas

    The forecast for this weekend: cloudy and rainy. It appears that most of the rain will fall late Friday night into late Saturday night, but a few showers will still be possible on Sunday as well. The silver lining? Temperatures will be much warmer than it has been. But before we think about complaining about the rain, let’s look back at how long it’s been since we have had a wet weekend in the Quad Cities. In fact, I bet […]

  • Rainy season could begin with twice as much as normal

    Welcome to the “Rainy Season!” Typically in late March and early April, about 0.10″ of rain falls each day in the Quad Cities. Of course, it doesn’t rain every day so that falls in spells of rain every 3-4 days. This means an increased chance of rain on weekends. And if you live along area rivers, a bigger chance of seeing fluctuations in water levels. Beginning Thursday, an area of low pressure will begin to develop on the east side […]

  • Hail pounds Galesburg, big enough to do damage

    At quarter-size, the hail is big enough to put dents in cars and damage shingles on homes. These were much bigger than that, which may have caused quite a bit of dents on cars and even some cracks in car windows.