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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 lives just a block away from WQAD here in Moline.

E-Mail Eric: eric.sorensen@wqad.com
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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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    9/11 Memorial museum ten-year timelapse

    EarthCam put together an amazing video which showcases all of the work done at the World Trade Center site in New York City from 2004 to 2014. What a tribute and a symbol of resilience!

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    How much rain fell in and around the Quad Cities

    Thanks to everyone on Facebook and Twitter for sharing your rainfall reports with us. Nichole Hohenbery in Knoxville, IL: 2.50″ of rain Cathy Siedenburg in Clinton, IA: 3.00″ of rain Deborah Valdex in Bettendorf, IA: 2.10″ of rain overnight Diane Miller in Oquawka, IL: 3.00″ of rain Audrey Malik in Eldridge, IA: 2.25″ of rain Christine Lefler in Stronghurst, IL: 4.50″ of rain overnight (total in 2 days: 5.90″) Larry Doub in Viola, IL: 2.00″+ (Rain gauge was overflowing) Lisa […]

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    Nine years since Hurricane Katrina

    Hurricane Katrina remains the single most catastrophic natural disaster in United States history. And the tragic event began nine years ago today. Almost 2,000 people died. 2 in Alabama, 14 in Florida, 2 in Georgia, and 238 in Mississippi. 1,577 is the final death count from the state of Louisiana. According to the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, 40% of the deaths in Louisiana were caused by drowning. 25% were caused by injury and trauma. 11% were caused by […]

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    “Happy” Video by kids at deaf camp will melt your heart

    Check out this video from a team of deaf campers and staff at the Deaf Film Camp in upstate New York. The camp allows kids and young adults to learn what it takes to succeed in the field of filmmaking. This year, they did a rendition of Pharrell’s “Happy” song. How cool are they?

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    Survey: 1/3 of adults don’t react to dogs left in hot cars

    On an 85 degree day, it takes only ten minutes for the inside of a car to reach 102 degrees. Within a half hour, the temperature can reach 120. Too hot for anyone to be in the car and that goes for not just humans, but pets. The ASPCA released a poll that shows good intentions don’t always equate to action when it comes to rescuing pets in parked cars on hot days. They report that the overwhelming majority of […]

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    Video: Significant flooding overnight in the Chicago area

    Parts of the Chicago area are under water Friday morning, August 22, as overnight thunderstorms unleashed torrential rain. Hardest hit were the south and west sides of the city. WGN-TV reported that 7.5 inches of rain fell in the suburb of Countryside. Sections of the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Stevenson Expressways were completely shut down at the same time this morning. Residents were urged to use the trains to get to destinations. However, for a time the CTA had service interrupted […]

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    Parts of our area now officially in a drought

    Parts of the Upper Mississippi River Valley have gone from flooding to drought about as quickly as possible this summer. The latest Drought Monitor released Thursday morning puts much of Eastern Iowa and Northwestern Illinois into the lowest tier of drought. The image above is a plot of the past 30 days of rainfall. The turquoise color represents areas where less than an inch of rain has come. Click on the image to see it up close. (Thanks to the […]

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    Only 7 rainy days all Summer long!

    Another chance of rain has come and gone. Widespread rain and thunderstorms moved along and north of the US20 corridor from Waterloo to Dubuque and Freeport Monday night. Tuesday morning’s storms will track south of Galesburg. And as drier air filters into our region, our rain chance will once again go down to zip, zilch, zero here in the Quad Cities. What’s interesting is how few rainy days we’ve had all Summer. It’s been more than a week since we’ve […]

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    What makes ragweed season so bad

    You’ve seen the weeds growing along the roads of Illinois and Iowa. That tall, spiky green plant with the yellow flowers on top. If you drive with the windows down and you’ve got allergies, you’re probably sneezing all the while! For years, I cursed that plant, thinking it was the root of my ragweed allergy. Problem was, I was cursing at the “Canadian Goldenrod” plant! When you look at it, they are very similar. The biggest difference is the leaves. […]


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