Eric brings nearly two decades 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 received two Emmy nominations for achievement in weather and breaking news and has been ranked in the top-ten nationally for his social media skills.

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).

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 and Rebuilding Together Quad Cities.

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. At home, Eric spends his time spoiling his two dogs Rufus and Oliver. He’s also fanatical about trains, planes, cars and the Green Bay Packers.

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Recent Articles
  • Just what we need for the drought: heavy rain

    Showers and thunderstorms will be a good bet for our Wednesday with some spots receiving more than an inch of much-needed rainfall. Rain will be moving from south to north. Notice, our latest Futuretrack computer model gives the Quad Cities more than two inches of rain. Notice, our latest Futuretrack computer model gives the Quad Cities more than two inches of rain. That may be hard to do, specifically for the Quad Cities. However, a few repeated thunderstorms could yield […]

  • This is why you’ll see more jet contrails in the sky today

    Weather conditions are perfect for jet contrails today. But did you know they often mean rain or snow is on the way?\

  • Another bad thing comes with climate change: more mosquitoes

    As temperatures climb in a warming climate, conditions are more favorable for mosquito activity.

  • Drought conditions worsen, could impact Fall crops

    Here is a look at rainfall projections for the next week or so.

  • Here’s when we could see smoke from the wildfires burning out west

    We may even get a faint smell of smoke around here as early as Sunday.

  • The Eric Factor: Youth take the lead when it comes to climate change

    There's new information, new data, and new conclusions that show our atmosphere is warming.

  • More funnel clouds today, not likely to touch down

    There were 33 reports of tornadoes on Thursday with all but one occurring in the state of Iowa. The cold front that sparked the severe weather is now east, but that doesn’t mean we’re done with funnel clouds. “Cold air funnel clouds” are possible today due to very cold air up at cloud level. That’s due to the temperature difference between ground level and cloud level. This afternoon, temperatures on the ground where we are, will be around 78 degrees. If […]

  • The Eric Factor: Have you noticed more jet contrails? Here’s why

    Jet contrails can sometimes make for beautiful sunrises and sunsets as lines of clouds stretch from horizon to horizon, bending the light from the incoming sun. But have you ever wondered why they form and why they seem to be more prevalent than they used to? First, consider the Meteorology of the atmosphere. Even in the Summer, temperatures are well below zero Fahrenheit at the altitude where commercial airliners fly. In fact, at the top of Summertime thunderstorms, temperatures can be […]

  • Want to see your child as a WeatherKid? Use these tricks!

    Good morning GMQC fans! I am so excited to show you a different child each and every day on Good Morning Quad Cities. But a lot of entries aren’t shown on the air for many reasons. We get a lot of blurry and low-resolution photos that will just not work when we manufacture the high definition graphic.   See the entire week’s WeatherKids here Here are a few tricks you can use before you upload your child’s photo: 1. Make […]

  • Did you know fans can actually make you feel hotter in weather like this?

    EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT Temperatures will rise fast today with 90 degree temperatures beginning around lunchtime. Highs will be in the 95-100 degree range with high levels of humidity. That means heat index values will be 107-112 in the afternoon. This is dangerous for anyone working outside and for those without air conditioning, it can be life-threatening. For those without air conditioning, you’d think that sitting in front of a fan would help you out. However, when the ambient […]

  • Here are important ways to stay safe in the extreme heat

    Common sense heat tips Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot. Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps. […]

  • Afternoon storms could be capable of producing a few tornadoes

    LEVEL-3 RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER TODAY Showers and thunderstorms will dot the skies late this morning before a cold front moves through late in the afternoon and into the early evening. That’s when storms could be powerful enough to be damaging. Large hail and straight-line winds to 70 mph will be possible, along with a few tornadoes. Storms will move from the southwest, so keep an eye to that direction as we go into the afternoon. Above is a look […]