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 and Rebuilding Together Quad Cities, and 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 two dogs Rufus and Oliver. He’s also fanatical about trains, planes, cars and the Green Bay Packers.

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Recent Articles
  • No rest for the weary! Weather pattern remains active through March 4

    The question we’re tackling this morning isn’t “When is it going to snow again?” it’s “When is it going to stop snowing?” Typically, as we head into March, snow takes the backseat to more rainy systems. Meteorologist Tom Skilling reports that Chicago typically gets two days of thunderstorm activity with April getting four. Now that we’re a little over a week from the beginning of March, we can see what’s upstream for us. The jet stream pattern gives us good […]

  • Shocking map shows what happens as climate change “moves cities south”

    At our current rate of climate change, Davenport, Iowa's weather will be like Cape Girardeau, Missouri's in just 60 years.

  • This snow forecast is making the rounds. Read this before you share it.

    We have received several questions concerning this Facebook post that shows nearly three feet of snow falling in Eastern Iowa next week. Some of you have asked, “Is this for real?” The short answer is “No.” Even though this forecast was put on a page that is titled “Meteorologists,” it is not from a reliable source. Yet people believe it to be accurate enough to share it with family and friends since this one post has been shared more than […]

  • The Eric Factor: On my soapbox after Nashville Meteorologist gets bullied by viewers

    Four tornadoes touched down in Tennessee on Thursday, prompting television stations in Nashville to go wall-to-wall with storm coverage. It’s no secret that Meteorologists sometimes take flack for covering up prescheduled TV shows when severe weather breaks out. To a lesser degree, News Anchors deal with it when there’s breaking news. Katy Morgan, Chief Meteorologist at Nashville’s Fox station WZTV, took more of a bashing then I’ve ever seen in my two decades in television. On Twitter, she shared some […]

  • Significant ice storm bearing down on the Quad Cities

    An Ice Storm Warning goes into effect at 3 p.m. today, lasting through 6 p.m. tomorrow morning.

  • This is officially the coldest morning in Quad City history!

    Temperature records have been kept in the Quad Cities since the 1880s and no morning has been colder than this one.

  • If the wind chill was -80┬░ back then, why is the all-time record still -54┬░?

    The morning of January 10, 1982 still stands as the worst wind chill we've ever seen.

  • 9 weird things that happen only when it’s really cold

    Strange things can happen when temperatures near all-time record cold temperatures in the twenties below zero. Today, we’re looking at some of the weirder things to be on the lookout for, as well as some things you can do to prevent yourself from being left out in the cold. 1. DIESEL FUEL GELS: When temperatures get into the -20s, the fuel used in buses and trucks can turn to a gel consistency. Since the fuel isn’t completely liquid, engines can […]

  • Why you should think before you share a forecast like this on social media

    I’m writing this blog entry before I see it online in an effort to cut off the mass hysteria, hype, and rumor surrounding our next potential winter storm. The ECMWF model (or European model) gives Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois nearly two feet of snow on Monday, January 28th. Is it legitimate? Yes, there’s one model that goes crazy with snow. Keep in mind, temperatures may be in the single digits so it would fluff up. But I call into […]

  • LIVE BLOG: Tracking an icy combo of rain and snow

    Freezing drizzle is causing a glaze of ice to form on area roadways. Freezing rain and snow are likely as we head into the afternoon. Significant accumulations of snow are possible north and west of the Quad Cities in the evening with a glaze of ice possible south. Use extra caution if you’re headed out and be sure to leave plenty of room to stop.

  • Accurate Forecast: Snow and ice make travel difficult today

    11:00am UPDATE: The Winter Storm Warning has been expanded to include the Quad City Metro area. A nasty combination of freezing rain and snow will overspread the area today. Winter Storm Warnings are in place for areas north of the Quad Cities. All other areas are under a Winter Weather Advisory.┬áPrecipitation will begin from west to east during the late-morning and early-afternoon hours as temperatures rise near the freezing mark. Click for our live blog with conditions and accident info […]

  • Fourth winter storm of the season arrives Tuesday

    Here we go again! 4-8 inches of snow will be possible with this system in far Northwestern Illinois and Northeastern Iowa. Because of that, Winter Storm Watches have been issued for the US-20 corridor. For the rest of us, there will be a concern for freezing rain and snow. A strong southerly wind will warm the atmosphere so by the time precipitation breaks out late Tuesday morning, sleet and freezing rain will be a good possibility. This could put quite […]

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