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
  • More severe storms possible by tonight

    We are gearing up for another possible severe weather day in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Much of the day will be spent with southerly winds bringing in more moisture and sunshine increasing the instability. By 2pm, storms will fire up in Central Iowa, tracking eastward. They will work into southern Iowa during the peak heat of the afternoon. These storms will work into the Burlington and Quad City metro for the afternoon drive. These storms will have a moderate […]

  • First look at the 4th of July forecast

    If we don't get rain on the 4th of July, we'll be lucky. It hasn't rained in the Quad Cities on the 4th since 2009. And back in 2007 we had more than three inches of rainfall!

  • Wild weather possible for Wednesday

    After a sun-filled, gorgeous day today, get ready for a return to stormy weather. A moderately strong area of low pressure will work out of the Dakotas into the upper Great Lakes on Wednesday, with a trailing cold front that could be strong enough to produce strong storms. Up first will be a return of moisture levels from the Gulf of Mexico tonight. That will keep temperatures from falling down to the record-tying temp of 46 degrees from this morning. […]

  • Storm chances going up; major heat tomorrow

    Good morning! We have more storms in the forecast today as temperatures rise into the lower to middle 80s. Storms are expected to move across Eastern Iowa and Northwestern Illinois through midday, limiting temperatures just a bit. Where it remains sunny, places like Burlington and Galesburg could rise up to 90 degrees. Southeastly breezes will be gentle, in the 10-15 mph area outside of storm activity. Tonight will be warmer and more humid. We’ll stay in the 70s all night […]

  • Before you grill out this Summer, check out these secrets

    Chef Brad Scott stopped by the outdoor studio at WQAD this morning. And who says 6 a.m. isn’t the perfect time to grill? Today is one of the longest days of the year so we had plenty of light. And while we could’ve cooked up some mean hot dogs, Chef Scott brought the skill for the grill! The chef gave us some great tips and tricks for the barbeque this season. Putting corn on the cob on the grill? Smother […]

  • Why Summer begins here today, but on the East Coast tomorrow

    Good morning and welcome to Summer! Well, officially Summer doesn’t begin until 11:24 this evening, making tomorrow the first full day of Summer. But since the official start time is just a half hour or so before midnight, residents in the Eastern Time Zone won’t be able to celebrate until tomorrow…technically. And that would make Thursday their first full day of the Summer season. And we’re in for some nice Summer weather today. Only an isolated storm with highs of […]

  • The Eric Factor: What it means if the President abandons the climate accord

    ABC News reports that while no decision is final until the president announces it, the White House is working on how to roll out and explain the reasons why the United States will no longer participate in the Paris Climate Accord. First, what is it exactly? The agreement brings all nations into a common cause to undertake efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.   It’s not an agreement signed by just a few countries. Rather, 175 […]

  • Heat, humidity, and storms only a few days away

    Today will be sunny and breezy, but not really Summer-like. But that changes with increased heat and humidity by Friday. A few showers or thunderstorms will be possible after dinnertime Thursday as a warm front lifts north. A few more scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible Friday and Saturday. But that’s mainly because we will have a warmer, more humid, and more unstable airmass. Neither Friday or Saturday will be a wash-out. Instead, we will need to plan for a […]

  • GMQC Road Trip: Quad Cities to Pennsylvania

    Good morning from Bedford, Pennsylvania! Before we set sail on our great adventure, we had to have some extensive training. We’re sparing you the details on the difference between “Gray Water” and “Black Water,” but I bet you already know. Day one of our GMQC Road Trip was quite an adventure. We went 711 miles, mainly on I-80 from Moline, Illinois to our first stop for gas in South Bend, Indiana. The gas station attendant, peering out to the RV, […]

  • As big storms take the bypass, the heat surges

    There's a good chance we could get near 90 degrees again today. There will be a fair amount of humidity as well so take it easy if you're working outside. Skies will be mostly sunny today with only an isolated storm possible late tonight.

  • $20 worth of PVC pipe can totally transform a living space

    The internet is freaking out over the idea of installing PVC on the outside of your walls. The idea came about after blogger Shelly Dutton used PVC pipe as curtain rods! “I didn’t want to spend a fortune on these walls, and I wanted the drapes to completely cover the space between the windows, so I knew I could get away with the 45 angle PVC couplers and the super cheap curtain rod brackets (you can buy them in unfinished pairs […]

  • Pack your warm clothes if you’re driving east for Mother’s Day

    We are gearing up for an absolutely beautiful weekend, but if you're headed east for Mother's Day, prepare and pack for some cooler temperatures.