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Eric brings two decades on air experience to WQAD News 8. He has received two Silver Dome Awards by the Illinois Broadcasters Association for excellence in weather coverage and breaking news and has been nominated three times for Emmy awards in weather achievement, breaking news, and environmental reporting. In 2018, he became a fellow of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

While forecasting the weather is his life’s passion, getting out into the community is what keeps him going. He has spoken to more than 15,000 students about weather in his career, and volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association, Rebuilding Together Quad Cities, and is a board member of The Project of the Quad Cities.

Eric attended Northern Illinois University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree. He studied weather but holds a minor in journalism and math. Eric chased tornadoes and hurricanes while working at KTRE in Lufkin, Texas as Chief Meteorologist and as Morning Meteorologist at KLTV in Tyler, Texas. Most recently, Eric spent a decade as Chief Meteorologist at WREX in his hometown of Rockford, Illinois.

In 2008, he led a relief effort for devastating flooding in Iowa. He and his brother Mike coordinated private pilots who delivered donated food and supplies via airplane from Rockford to Cedar Rapids (since all of the highway links were closed).

When he’s not at work, look for him kayaking area lakes and rivers. At home, Eric spends his time spoiling his black lab, Oliver. He’s also fanatical about trains, planes, cars, and the Green Bay Packers.

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Recent Articles
  • BLOG: Severe thunderstorm coverage from Tuesday

    Thunderstorms, capable of producing damaging winds and heavy rain, can be expected through the late-morning hours. A Level-3 risk of severe weather is in place with damaging wind being the main threat being wind damage. Report severe weather on Twitter, Facebook, or via E-Mail -Meteorologist Eric SorensenLIVE BLOG: Severe thunderstorm coverage  

  • The Eric Factor: Earth’s fever is getting worse, no cure in sight

    Bad news: Our planet has a fever and it’s not going away. According to NOAA, July was the globe’s hottest month in recorded history. While the event is historic, it’s not unexpected. The past five years have been the warmest on record for the planet, leading to more intense repercussions when it comes to drought, storm intensity, blizzards, and even polar vortex displacement. WQAD News 8 has teamed up with Climate Central which gives us the ability to look at […]

  • New drought monitor shows worsening conditions

    New drought monitor shows areas around the Quad Cities worsening as we continue to see little rainfall.

  • BREAKFAST WITH… Floatzilla coordinator and the QC’s newest bakery

    Get ready for an adventure! That’s a common theme every year of “Floatzilla” which is billed as the largest paddlesport event on the entire Mississippi River. This year’s event takes place this weekend in the Quad Cities. This morning, we hopped aboard the News 8 River Cruiser to have breakfast with Noah Truesdell, one of the coordinators of Floatzilla. Thousands of paddlers will take to the river early Saturday morning, launching from three sites: Bass Street Landing in Downtown Moline, […]

  • Enjoy the weather now! Heat wave starts after a stormy Friday

    While there’s an outside chance of a shower this afternoon, all eyes will be on developing heat and a few storms. The pattern gets a little more active beginning Friday. Friday’s severe weather outlook includes a chance for severe weather to our southwest. That will be where there’s a bigger clash of air masses with very hot and humid air across Kansas and Arkansas to the cooler, drier air mass over the Great Lakes. The hot weather will win out […]

  • Connecting our current drought to the climate crisis in Greenland

    The weather over the Upper Midwest has been extremely dry and now a connection can be made to the climate crisis in Greenland. Greenland and much of Europe have seen all-time record warmth this Summer. In one July day in Greenland, it’s estimated that some 12.5 billion TONS of ice melted. Added up over the month of July, that’s enough water to cover the entire state of Florida in six feet of water. The significant ice melt is being caused […]

  • It’s official: We have the most extreme weather in North America!

    From this January and February’s near -50 wind chills to this month’s 110+ degree heat index, we’ve had our share of extremes. New research from Brian Bettschneider, a climatologist at the International Arctic Research Center shows which areas of North America have the widest spread in apparent temperature from winter to summer. As expected, marine environments like the West and Gulf Coast of the U.S. have the smallest change in perceived temperature from winter to summer. Parts of Alaska, Central […]

  • The climate crisis brings more health risks due to air stagnation

    Summer heat waves are becoming more frequent and with that, more air pollution. Persistently hot weather patterns trap air pollutants in the lower elevations of the atmosphere, in a phenomenon known as stagnation. These nearly stationary domes of hot air may hold particulates and ground-level ozone, causing respiratory distress and eye irritation. Add to that, increasing wildfire frequency and we could have significant health problems. The NOAA/NCEI Air Stagnation Index incorporates upper atmospheric winds, surface winds, and precipitation to calculate […]

  • Wildfires more than 2,000 miles away affect local air quality today

    Today will be another day with some haze and smoke in the skies, thanks to wildfires burning out of control in parts of Alaska and Alberta.The smoke will be drifted in our direction by relatively strong northwesterly winds in the 5,000-15,000 foot level. By the time the smoke gets here, some of it may sink closer to the ground giving us an opportunity to smell it. Early Wednesday morning, we are already seeing elevated levels of ozone and particulate matter […]

  • A pork tenderloin so good, you’re encouraged to call a day in advance!

    Today is Day #1 of our unofficial “Best Pork Tenderloin” contest. More than 4,000 people voted on our website in just a week and it’s official that Don’s Seafood, Chicken, and More in Sterling, Illinois made it to the top-three! This morning on Good Morning Quad Cities, we took the broadcast live to Sterling where Kevin Holmquist is turning out an incredible Pork Tenderloin Sandwich. The sandwich is so big it doesn’t even fit on a plate! Kevin starts out […]

  • When it’s this hot, fans actually make your body hotter

    As temperatures near the 100-degree mark over the next few days, a special alert for those who don’t have air conditioning and will rely on fans. Fans should only be used when the outdoor air temperatures are cooler than they are indoors. Fans in windows can blow cooler air into a room from outside. Since fans don’t actually cool the air, the air currents flowing over the body must be cooler than your skin to control core body temperature. When […]

  • 4 groups of people at the most risk during heat waves

    On average, 658 Americans die each year due to heat. Surprisingly, those who die from the heat don’t usually live in the hottest climates. It’s those in out-of-hot zones who aren’t acclimated to the heat that are at most risk. Related: Excessive Heat Watch issued for our area in anticipation of a dangerous combination of heat and humidity starting Wednesday Ask someone who lives in Texas or Arizona what they do when the temperature reaches the century-mark and they’ll probably […]

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