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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
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    Ski resort will surprise 1,000,000th customer before Christmas

    Ski Snowstar in Andalusia, Illinois is gearing up to celebrate a big milestone. Based on their projections, the 1,000,000th person will sail down the mountain between now and Christmas. That lucky millionth person will not go away empty-handed. He or she will win a $100 gift card and a set of Rossignol skis with bindings! Ski Snowstar opened in the winter of 1981/82 and is located on a bluff along the Mississippi River southwest of the Quad Cities.

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    The Eric Factor: Well wishes for friend and colleague shot in Texas

    On Wednesday during News 8 at 11, I got word that a former colleague and friend was shot outside his TV station near Waco, Texas. There aren’t really many details being released as I type this but someone opened fire as he walked outside of the KCEN studios on Wednesday morning. His quick wit, bolting to his car and driving away likely saved him. He drove to a construction zone where he was able to get help. He and I […]

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    The Eric Factor: Still hope for a White Christmas

    Are you ♫ dreaming of a White Christmas? ♫ If so, your dreams could come true! Now don’t go and bet the farm on it, but there are a few scenarios that have a system bringing snow to our area for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Heck! There’s even a long-shot at some minor accumulating snow on Saturday. First, let’s take a look at two of the more reliable long-range computer models: the ECMWF and GFS. These maps show how […]

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    The Eric Factor: Why our White Christmas chances are dwindling

        UPDATE: Our forecast is looking a little brighter for the December 23rd scenario. Click here to learn more! ORIGINAL POST: The easy explanation why we probably won’t have a White Christmas this year? It will be too warm. But there’s really more to look at than just temperature. We need to look at when we’ll get something that will give us clouds and enough forcing to produce snow. It’s almost impossible to look 16 days into the future […]

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    NASA: Launch of Orion spacecraft scrubbed

    Update: NASA scrubs today’s launch of new Orion spacecraft due to wind, rocket valves. The spacecraft was set for launch this morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It was initially delayed due to increasing wind but scrubbed just before 9:00am CST because of a valve malfunction. The un-crewed Orion will orbit 3,600 miles above Earth before splashing down in the Pacific. Orion is being designed to carry astronauts on exploration missions into deep space, including a trip […]

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    The Eric Factor: Three ways to get sunshine in winter

    As we head into the winter months, the amount of sunshine and cloud cover can mean the difference between extreme cold and tolerable chills. Throw some wind on top of that and a cloudy, windy day can be the worst! There are really only three different scenarios for sunshine during the winter months. First, let’s look at the sunny, windy, and warm day. This usually occurs when a strong high pressure system lies to our southeast. If the temperatures are […]

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    The Eric Factor: Geminid meteor shower starting early

    All eyes to the skies in the next few weeks as the Geminid Meteor Shower ramps up once again. According to James Spann, Chief Meteorologist of ABC33/40 in Birmingham, a number of people reported seeing fireballs across Alabama Monday night. He reports that NASA’s meteor cameras are detecting Geminid fireballs over the United States some two weeks early! It is thought that the Geminids are caused by the tail end of 3200-Phaethon, a “rock comet” that passes by the sun […]

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    The Eric Factor: Much warmer trend for December

    Our weather pattern is set to make a big flip-flop. For the latter 3/4 of November, the air over the Central United States was brutally cold. The air was cold thanks in part to very mild air coming off of a tropical storm in Japan early in the month. That dislodged the cold air and that in turn displaced the jet stream. Now we’re headed into a pattern that will favor warmer-than-normal temperatures across much of the United States. These […]

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    The Eric Factor: My Turkey Day Forecast

    Turkeys will thaw out in the morning and then warm in the oven to a high of 350°. The kitchen will be hot and humid. If you bother the cook there may be a squall or two. Later in the afternoon the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey and cause accumulations of 1-3 inches on plates. Isolated 5 inch amounts will be possible on Dad’s plate. Cranberry sauce will create slippery spots on one side of […]

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    The Eric Factor: “Where’s global warming now?”

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, meteorologist, or climatologist to prove it’s bitterly cold in much of the United States. This, coming after such a bitter winter has a lot of people asking “Where’s global warming now?” You might be surprised to find out that it is still indeed occurring. Yes, the very cold winter of 2013/2014 canceled out some of the warming in recent years. Our cold snap here this Fall continues to offset the warmth, but we have […]

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    The Eric Factor: Studying different winter storm tracks

    With the snow flying across Minnesota and Wisconsin this morning, I thought it would be a perfect time for a little refresher course on winter storm tracks. Why is it important to study storm tracks? The track of low pressure gives us a big clue to whether we’ll get rain, sleet, or snow! Let’s look at three examples: THE RAIN TRACK: Low pressure tracks west of us from Kansas City to Green Bay. We remain on the warm side of […]

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    Energy Drink behind the fireball spotted over Chicago

    You read that headline right. An energy drink was behind the fireball that was spotted over Chicago Monday night. Many people saw the fireball and assumed it was a meteor burning up upon entry to the atmosphere. But some people noted the fireball moving at a slow speed. Usually, meteors light up for only a second or two. This one lasted for a while which made us all skeptical. On Good Morning Quad Cities Tuesday, we showed an amateur video […]


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