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
  • rainsnow2

    What if Monday’s rain fell as snow?

    Much of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois got a super-soaker on Monday. Officially in the Quad Cities, 9/10 of an inch of rain came down. Other spots received more than an inch! If that precipitation came in the form of snow, we would be digging out from a big snowstorm! On average, 7-14 inches of snow would be seen if temperatures were about five degrees cooler. There are typically only one weather system each Winter that produces this much precipitation. […]

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    Icy Monday Morning: Where the worst of it was

    Good morning all! The Winter Weather Advisory has expired for Henry (Iowa), Des Moines, Henderson, Warren, and Knox Counties. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through noon today for all other counties. Freezing rain will be a big part of our morning commute with temperatures hovering right around 32 degrees. As of 10 AM, we’re seeing the freezing rain transitioning to rain. However, expect some icy conditions throughout the rest of the morning. Still take caution if you need […]

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    Chance of an ice storm in the Quad Cities: Increasing

    For our area, a little freezing drizzle or flurries are possible very early Saturday morning...before sunrise. Other than that, Saturday will be dry for us. We will continue to follow the potential for icing for Sunday.

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    Wild weather! Sleet, freezing rain, lightning and thunder

    A strong disturbance tracked through northeastern Missouri into Western Illinois, clipping southeastern Iowa. Burlington, Iowa had quite a bit of lightning and thunder, along with sleet and freezing rain.

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    The Eric Factor: Saying goodbye to the smartest guy I know

    His story wasn’t supposed to end this way. My friend Mark Mayhew had open-heart surgery last Spring. At the time, I didn’t even know he was going through it because he was a pretty private guy. He probably didn’t want the attention and I’m told he shooed away visitors at the hospital because he wanted to get through the trouble by himself. Not to mention, I was going through my own health troubles at the time. But when Summer arrived (I […]

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    Active, potentially wintry pattern expected through January 22

    As expected, we will enter into a more active weather pattern beginning this week, lasting about a week and a half.

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    Ice jam causes rapid rise, flooding along Rock River

    9:00am Update – The river is running at bank-full stage with some fluctuations in level possible through the weekend. Thanks to a News 8 viewer inquiring about a water-level rise along the Rock River in Moline around 4:30 this morning. Inspecting the real-time river level gauge on the I-74 bridge over the Rock River, you can see the dramatic rise. Before 8pm Thursday, the level of the river was steady at 9.4 feet. But now it has risen up to […]

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    This trick will help you figure out if your house is too dry

    Did you know that during the coldest weather of the season, the air in your house is its driest? It all has to do with the process of heating up the air.

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    Snow for some tonight, possibly enough to shovel

    A quick-moving weather system will move out of the Rockies tonight, bringing some snow to the Midwest late tonight. While the most will fall between Kansas City and St. Louis, we will get at little bit out of it. A dusting to an inch is possible from the Quad Cities southward. 1-3 inches of snow is likely for places south of Kewanee, Galesburg, and Burlington. It will be a very fluffy snow since temperatures will be so cold. We’ll drop […]

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    Lots of airport delays and cancellations this morning

    There are many delays and cancellations from our three local airports. The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids has 8 outbound delays this morning. As of 5:30am, there are two delays from the Quad City International Airport, and two delays from the Peoria International Airport.

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    We’ll ring in the new year with rain, snow, then temps near zero

    We will ring in the new year with mild temperatures, but that will go by the wayside for next week.

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    Advisories issued for wind; how high the gusts could be

    A Wind Advisory is in effect through 5pm today for all of Eastern Iowa and parts of Western Illinois, including Jo Daviess, Rock Island, and Mercer County.