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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. He is proud to live on Honorary Jim King Road, just one block away from Channel 8.

E-Mail Eric: eric.sorensen@wqad.com
Say hello on Twitter: @EricSorensen
Join in on Facebook: @MeteorologistEricSorensen

Recent Articles

    Official Winter Outlook released

    Have you been wondering if we’re in for another “Polar Vortex” this year? After a brutally cold, snowy winter in 2013/14, history is not expected to repeat itself…well at least here in the Upper Midwest. According to NOAA, below average temperatures are expected in the south-central and southeastern United States. Above-average temperatures are most likely in the western states, Alaska, Hawaii, and New England. In the Midwest, there are equal chances for below or above average temperatures. In simplistic terms, […]

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    Watch Eric’s “weather lab” make his debut on GMQC

    If you needed a kick-start on your Thursday morning, hopefully you were watching Good Morning Quad Cities. “Little Dogger” made his debut on the show. Two problems? A. He’s got razor-sharp puppy teeth and appears to want to eat the weather clicker. B. He doesn’t have a name yet! Quite a few people have offered suggestions. Give yours on Eric’s Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/MeteorologistEricSorensen  

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    Clocks change after Halloween

    If you’re wondering when we’ll need to change the clocks back after the end of Daylight Saving Time, we’ll need to do that on Sunday November 2nd. This is important, because it is after Halloween. Trick-or-treaters will have brighter skies to play with that Friday night. If DST ended before Halloween, it would get mighty dark with a sunset before 5pm. Look at the difference between the sunset on Halloween versus Sunday November 2nd! (Sunrise and sunset times are shown […]


    Trouble in paradise: Hurricane headed to Hawaii

    Tropical Storm Ana is expected to become a hurricane today as it heads on a path toward the Hawaiian Islands late this week. The Big Island was just hit by a tropical storm two months ago. Ana isn’t expected to become a major hurricane, rather stay in the 74-95mph Category 1 status. However, the right-front quadrant of the storm will affect the islands beginning Saturday. Major power outages, tree damage, and damage to homes and buildings is expected. The storm […]

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    NASA captures jack-o-lantern face on the sun

    Apparently the sun is in the Halloween spirit! On October 8, 2014 the active regions of the sun gave it the appearance of a jack-o-lantern. It was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which is a spacecraft that was launched in 2010 to study the sun. According to NASA, the active regions appear brighter because those areas emit more light and energy. They are markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields.  

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    Watch: Lightning strikes on cue during weather segment

    If you’re a loyal viewer of WQAD News 8, you’ve probably noticed these little symbols popping up all the time during thunderstorms. But have you ever wondered if these little flashes pop on the radar at the exact time lightning occurs? Today on News8@11, thunder was loud and shook the station right as our weather report was on. Luckily for us, that’s the perfect time to track it down to street level. Within seconds, the lightning symbol popped up on […]

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    End of the growing season Saturday morning

    Frost Advisories are now in effect for the Quad Cities metro area, points south. Freeze Warnings in effect north of I-80. Freezing temperatures are even possible for rural, low-lying areasaround the QC. So if you have some tomatoes hanging on the vine that need a few more days, you can cover them up with a light sheet overnight. Just make sure you take that sheet off shortly after sunrise! But for most of us, the growing season will end with […]

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    Reasons behind the quietest hurricane season in 30+ years

    While the Pacific Ocean has produced an above-normal number of tropical storms and hurricanes this year, the Atlantic Ocean remains a sleeping giant. The 2014 season which runs from June 1st to December 1st started quickly as Hurricane Arthur formed off of the Carolinas and moved ashore during the 4th of July Weekend. It did minimal damage as winds barely achieved hurricane criteria. After that, four more storms came and went, all staying away from the United States. With only […]

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    The Eric Factor: Sleeping on the way to Mars

    I’m not one to seek out extreme adrenaline rushes. Instead of the busy interstate, I’m more of the type to take a two-lane country road. But if someone asked me if I wanted to go to space, I’d say yes in the first heart beat. My interest in space began as a kid, even before the Challenger disaster of 1986. I remember watching that event unfold in my fourth grade classroom. While I felt frightened and sad, I still had […]

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    The Eric Factor: Breaking Canada’s cold air loose

    As we prepare for a surge of air that will drop temperatures by 25 degrees, it’s important to look at the reasons why we’ll see such a drastic change. This week’s storm track will take low pressure from the Great Plains almost due north into Central Canada. When low pressure systems have such a high amplitude (from south to north), they are able to dislodge the coldest of air in the higher latitudes. While low pressure systems that move from […]

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    The Eric Factor: 11 things you didn’t know about stinkbugs

    They are nuisance bugs that come out in the fall that don't bite but fly around and are downright annoying!


    20 Signs of a Harsh Winter

    Here are 20 signs that we could be headed into a harsh winter.


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