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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.

E-Mail Eric: eric.sorensen@wqad.com
Say hello on Twitter: @EricSorensen
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    Wind chills below -20 in spots!

    Make sure the kiddos are dressed in layers at the bus stops this morning! Clinton, Iowa has dropped below -20 on the wind chill at 6AM thanks to a wind out of the northwest around 10 mph. While today will feel frigid and tonight will be cold, all eyes are on a warming trend. Click here to take a peek at the 8 Day Forecast.

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    50s in the forecast. How long has it been?

    While temperatures will remain quite chilly today, a good case of Spring Fever is in the works beginning this weekend. Temperatures will rise above freezing for a few hours Friday with temps possibly going up to 40 degrees Saturday. As we melt off the remaining snow by early next week, we’ll set our sights on the first 50 degree temperatures this year! It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 68 days since we’ve had a 50 degree day. That was […]

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    The Eric Factor: Look close enough and you can already see these signs of Spring

    Even though Winter isn’t giving up as quickly as we would like, there are already some signs of Spring. You just have to look a little harder to find them. Some of you have spotted flocks of Canada Geese in that familiar “V” shape, going north. And if you listen closely, even on the coldest days this week, you’ll hear the chirp of more birds. If you’re in the country, the foxes and coyotes will bark a little more during […]

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    The Eric Factor: Is Spring really just around the corner?

    Thanks to Don Lester for our “Spring is just around the corner” block. The StormTrack 8 weather team is looking far and wide for some hints of Spring weather. Unfortunately, there is plenty of cold coming in the next week. But hear me out! For all intents and purposes, this is probably the last week with below zero temperatures. Quite honestly, once we get into the latter part of February and into March, these types of temperatures will break records. […]

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    High school students dress up as their favorite TV sportscaster; win home game

    High school students at Lutheran High School in Rockford, Illinois had a unique way of showing spirit at a basketball game Thursday night. Many of them dressed up like their favorite sportscaster Dan Cohen from the local TV affiliate, WREX. They sported his signature thick-rimmed glasses, some dyed their hair, and they even had a mock TV news desk. Their positive spirit propelled the home team to beat opponents from Byron, Illinois 70-59. Cohen was totally caught off guard saying, […]

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    The Eric Factor: How much snow is still left this season

    So far the Quad Cities has seen 34.2 inches of snowfall this season. That doesn’t even compare to what has been seen in parts of Alaska! (Click on the video for a closer look.) But where do we go from here? On average, we should see about 11 more inches of snowfall in our region. That puts us well past our half way point for the winter season. 31.6 inches of snow is what we usually see in a given […]

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    Video: A vehicle rollover has never been fun…until now

    Check out this viral video of a car, outfitted with a special roll bar that allows it to completely somersault when the brakes are applied. No word on who put it together, but they’ve got some mad skills! You’d take it for a roll, wouldn’t you?

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    5 things that will make you feel warmer today

    We know that you may have the winter blues after this latest blast of snow. Perfect time for a countdown to Spring and warmer weather, right? Here’s a look at 5 Quad-City statistics that will warm you up a bit. Stay warm, friends! Spring will be here sooner than you think! -Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

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    The Eric Factor: Lessons to learn after the over-hyped storm

    Right off the bat, let me say the forecasters from Philadelphia to New York and Boston did a darn good job forecasting and tracking the Nor’easter this week. Sure, the snowfall amounts that were forecast didn’t pan out in some places, but it was a high-impact event and I’ve only heard of one fatality as of this post Wednesday morning. New York saw 6-12″ of snow with 12-28″ around Boston. The storm took a 50 mile shift to the east […]

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    The Eric Factor: How often we should expect big snowstorms

    With such a blizzard pounding New England this morning, it seems that Midwesterners are in one of two camps: breathing a sigh of relief or a feeling of missing the excitement. While two feet of snow will fall in parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, that much snow is pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime event here in the Midwest. There are a few spots in the Midwest that get that much snow, and in some cases frequently. But those locations […]

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    The Eric Factor: Why I’m feeling a little foggy

    Good morning! I’m glad to be back on Good Morning Quad Cities after a few days off. A few of you wondered if I needed time to recuperate after the miserable Packers loss. While that was pretty terrible, I’ve been dealing with an even more strange turn of events…one that landed me in the E.R. on Sunday. About a week and a half ago, my clumsy self made it down 12 of the 13 stairs in my house. Being in […]


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