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
  • Funnel clouds possible this afternoon

    Late this morning, WQAD received a few reports of funnel clouds over Western Illinois. While radar did not detect any winds over 30 mph, some small funnels are possible. Sharon Simpson just observed this small funnel near her home in Little York, Illinois, about 30 miles south of the Quad Cities: Sharon Simpson just observed this small funnel near her home in Little York, Illinois, about 30 miles south of the Quad Cities. Mature storms could produce funnel clouds into […]

  • GMQC announces winner of Magic Waters giveaway

    Good Morning Quad Cities finally announced the winner of our Xtreme Summer Sweepstakes in partnership with Magic Waters today.

  • The Eric Factor: Heat waves more dangerous thanks to ‘Urban Heat Island’

    Get ready for a heat wave! While we hit 99 degrees on May 28th, that heat came with relatively low levels of humidity. So, while hot, it wasn’t oppressively humid. This weekend’s air mass will be different. And one thing to keep in mind is the Urban Heat Island. That is the effect buildings and pavement have on the environment. Have you ever wondered why Meteorologists encourage people to wear light colored clothing during times of hot weather? It’s because […]

  • Storms take back seat as heat wave builds by week’s end

    Monday will be cloudy and cool with high temperatures right around 80 degrees. While the day will be mainly dry, our next chance of storms arrives tonight. After that, we may be wishing for storms. Storms may turn severe across Central Iowa this afternoon with the activity expected to march across the Hawkeye State through the evening in a weakening phase. They should get here around midnight, or shortly thereafter interrupting some sleep early Tuesday morning. After that, the next […]

  • We’re on the farm to celebrate National Dairy Month

    It was all about the cows this morning on Good Morning Quad Cities! This morning we had “Breakfast with…” Karen Bohnert on her family farm in East Moline. There, we were able to learn what it takes to take care of more than 400 Jersey cows. Bohnert said that this particular breed is known for the richness of the milk, which is why a cheesemaker in Stockton, Illinois turns the milk into Swiss Cheese. It’s an almost 24 hour business with […]

  • Did you know Iowa is home to a world class aquarium?

    This morning on Day 5 of the Good Morning Quad Cities Road Trip, we traveled to Dubuque, Iowa and visited the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. The museum was established in 2003 on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Dubuque and has several buildings on six acres of land. Wendy Scardino, the museum’s Communications Director, gave us a tour of the da Vinci exhibit that is open to the public through October. It is massive in scope […]

  • Here’s when you’ll see the “arch” of the new I-74 Bridge

    Get ready for big changes on the Mississippi River! This morning, as part of our “Breakfast With…” series, we shared donuts with some of the most important people of our area’s water taxi and representatives of the Illinois and Iowa Departments of Transportationfrom. Cris Ryder is the new owner of Donuts & More and spoke about why she and her husband decided to recently purchase the restaurants and shared their ideas for taking the Quad City staple to the next […]

  • You won’t believe how much water is going by the Quad Cities compared to other river cities

    Get ready to be amazed! This morning approximately 208,000 cubic feet of water is passing through the Quad Cities in the Mississippi River every second. Considering there is about 7.5 gallons per cubic feet, that’s a really staggering amount of water. Compared to other cities, it’s also really amazing. For instance, the water in the Mississippi here is three times that of the Ohio River in Pittsburgh! And if the total overall output of water into the Gulf of Mexico […]

  • Climate change threatens hummingbirds

    Happy Mother’s Day! This special holiday marks the beginning of planting season in many locations in the U.S., and the holiday is often celebrated with the gift of flowers. But as the world continues to warm from climate change, an important pollinator of flowers and other plants is at risk — hummingbirds. As the second largest family of birds in the world with more than 300 distinct species, these small birds pollinate numerous types of flowers. They are most attracted […]

  • Summery week will include storm chances

    Today and tomorrow will be just about as good as we can get around here. Look for sunny skies with highs around 80 degrees. The polar branch of the jet stream remains well up into Canada, which allows the warmth to build across the Central and Southwestern U.S. Temperatures could even surpass 90 degrees for the first time this season in the Plains. That warmth will eventually lead to more storm activity. Parts of our area are in a risk […]

  • Our first threat of severe storms arrives next week

    Severe weather season has been extremely quiet so far this year. Through April 10th, only 66 tornadoes were reported, compared to more than 1,400 in the same time last year. Typically, Illinois is one of the top five states for tornadoes in the month of April, tied with Alabama at 12. Kansas usually receives around 13, Oklahoma receives 14, and because of it’s location and size, Texas sees 29. Next week’s weather pattern will be much more volatile as southerly […]

  • Even with weekend warm-up, conditions still dangerous for boaters

    A nice, mild weekend may make us think about getting out on the water, but it may be a week too soon. This morning, Mississippi River water temperatures are only in the lower 50s. They are running cooler than normal, thanks to a quick snow melt across Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. While that’s way too cold to go swimming, most boaters don’t think about it since fishing and pleasure boating will keep people out of the water. But what happens […]