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 is proud to be a board member of Clock, Inc., the Quad Cities’ LGBTQ resource center.

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
  • Light snow begins this afternoon, won’t end until early Saturday

    This will be the third week in a row with wintry weather. But this system should be a little easier to deal with because the snow will be lighter and it will last longer. A longer duration snow does bring its challenges because it will be harder for road crews to constantly take care of plowing and salting. Temperatures will be right around freezing so salt will be very efficient at making roads wet instead of icy. Total snowfall accumulations […]

  • Why you should think of this weekend as TWO different winter storms

    There are two different weather problems we have to contend with. The first will be ice accumulation. The second, snow. With caution and planning, it won’t be remembered by you being in a car accident, or worse! Ice is the main concern as we go through Friday night…especially after 8pm when temperatures dip below the 32-degree mark. Ice could accumulate 1/2 inch or more with the first round of precip, along with lightning. Areas here shaded in yellow have the […]

  • Get ready! Winter Storm expected to bring ice and snow accumulations

    UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch that will be in effect until 6:00 AM Sunday morning. Are you ready for a winter wallop? Confidence is building that we will have both ice and snow accumulations beginning Friday night. In all actuality, you’ll probably wake up Saturday with no snow on the ground. Instead, some areas could see a significant accumulation of ice… especially on elevated surfaces. We will transition to snow late-morning Saturday with heavy […]

  • Ice and snow accumulation more likely for the weekend

    It’s been a while since we’ve had a good dose of wintry weather. This weekend could bring us the best chance in more than a month! Initially, we’ll have quite a bit of rainfall Thursday into the first part of Friday. Heavy rain will be possible for areas east of the Mississippi River (and especially downstate). One of the ways we build an accurate forecast is through forecast confidence. The graphic above gives us a good look at that. We […]

  • Australian fires equivalent to all of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois being burned

    Bushfires have burned more than 12.5 million acres as of Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, according to authorities in Australia. Fires have been raging out of control since late 2018, as a weather pattern broke records for heat and lack of humidity. To put the fires in perspective, the same land area that’s been burned is equivalent to a fire with boundaries of Keokuk, Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, Iowa, and Rockford, Bloomington and Springfield, Illinois. It’s important to point out that […]

  • Australian fires: How you can help

    As a new week begins, bushfires in Australia continue to rage out of control. Here is a comprehensive list for how YOU can help from thousands of miles away.

  • More crazy weather! Stormy Saturday night, followed by a very warm Sunday

    A strong area of low pressure will move across the area today, bringing rain, wind, warm temperatures, and even thunderstorms. After a few hours of rain Saturday morning, we stand to get at least a few more hours of drier weather for the midday hours. But the heaviest rain is set to move in for the evening and overnight hours. Check those sump-pumps as we could see a quick inch or two of rainfall! This will be accompanied by thunder […]

  • Heavy weekend rains could lead to rises on area rivers

    A strong area of low pressure will move from Oklahoma to Michigan over the weekend. Winter storm watches and warnings are posted from Denver to Minnesota with strong storms possible from Arkansas to Georgia. The Quad Cities will remain on the warmer side of a low pressure system so rain is the principal precipitation type here. It could still bring delays and slow traffic. Click on the travel forecast below for national maps and airports at risk for delays.   […]

  • Record-breaking warmth leads to mild pattern headed into the weekend

    Records were shattered on Christmas with temperatures in the lower 60s. The Quad Cities saw temperatures warmer than Phoenix and Los Angeles! And there’s another record already tied today. That happened shortly after midnight when temperatures were around 56 degrees. A cold front is sweeping through the area this morning and that will bring a much different type of weather into the afternoon. Temperatures will fall to 41 degrees by 4 p.m. with some chills making it feel cooler. We’re […]

  • The science behind the Christmas tree debate: Is it better to buy real or artificial?

    Have you ever wondered which type of Christmas tree is better for the environment? The answer may have to do with how long you keep an artificial tree and how far you travel to get your real tree (and what you end up doing with it). Here’s how it gets complicated: to assess the carbon footprints for each choice, a few things need to be considered—the full life cycle of trees, from farming or production, to transport, use and disposal. […]

  • It’s worth the drive: A farm in Western Illinois where you can see real reindeer

    Husband and wife team Scott and Tracy made their living as teachers but after retirement, they realized a new love in life might have to do with their last name: Snowman. Yes, that’s their real last name! About five years ago, they learned how fascinating reindeer were and knew they needed to combine their love of teaching with the beautiful animals. Since they already lived in a rural setting in Central Illinois, they knew what they had to do. That […]

  • Ready for snow? Monday could be a doozy!

    This is an archived post. Looking for the current forecast? Click here.  Aside from a few hours in the late-night hours of the day, our team of four meteorologists is working non-stop on the accurate forecast. It’s especially important this year as yesterday’s wintry roads led to a fatal accident on Interstate 280. The previous wintry system on November 11th also caused a fatal accident on I-280. When you think about it, we are in more jeopardy driving in wintry […]

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