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
  • Here are 7 great things to feed ducks instead of bread

    When you think about feeding ducks, you probably instinctively think of white bread. And while the ducks and geese in our parks gobble that up like it’s their favorite meal, it’s not the right choice. Quite simply, white bread does not have the proper nutrition that water fowl need. And the uneaten bread and excrement causes an influx in algae which can cause fish-kills and smelly water. According to a Facebook post by the Peterborough Field Naturalists of Ontario, here are […]

  • Meatheads kicks off Food Truck Week with a sizzle

    All this week on Good Morning Quad Cities, we will be showcasing some of the great food trucks that take to the streets in our area. This morning, Jen Varble and Rob Mueller from Meatheads Meat Market joined us out front of the WQAD Studios. Around since 2004, they are doing everything from scratch. Right now, they have 56 different kinds of brats. Their best seller is the “Philly Cheesesteak Brat” which has all of the flavor inside the brat! […]

  • Spring ends way differently than last year; outlook remains cool

    High temperatures will only be in the lower 70s today making some people ask, “Where is Summer?” We’ve actually had a near-normal number of 80-degree days with 19 registered so far in 2019. Last year by this time we had racked up 34! As far as hot days…specifically days above 90 degrees, we’ve had only one. On May 16th, we reached a high of 91 degrees. Last year by this time, we had ten days! As far as the outlook […]

  • Record Mississippi River flooding could cause Gulf of Mexico’s largest “dead zone”

    Just off the coast of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama, a large dead zone is anticipated to grow in the next few weeks, largely due to record amounts of water flowing down the Mississippi River. A dead zone is an area of water that is void of oxygen needed to support plant and animal life. The dead zone phenomenon happens every year but scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believe this year could be one of the largest […]

  • Next 3 Weeks: Longest three weeks of the entire year

    It's the days that memories are made of. Whether it's jumping off the pier at the lake, catching lightning bugs, or time spent with friends around a bonfire, it seems we all find a way to enjoy these days.

  • Stellar temps all week, but not without some rain chances

    Be sure to turn off the air conditioners and open up the windows. This is about as good as it gets for the latter part of Spring. Temperatures will top out in the 70-80 degree range with low humidity levels. Two cold fronts are sweeping through. The first occurred Sunday night with the next one coming through Tuesday night. That will keep temperatures in check, but also keep the mugginess out of the air. Temps will be warmest on Tuesday […]

  • Timing weekend rain and a major cool down next week

    We are in for a great Summery weather weekend! If you’re heading out, be sure to apply the sunscreen. Over the next month, we’ve got the strongest sun rays of the year. That goes for the kiddos as well! We’re back into the middle 80s on Saturday with plenty of sunshine before clouds increase later in the day. Scattered rain will be moving into the area on Sunday, but nothing looks terribly heavy. This is an offshoot from a major […]

  • Rainy forecast to return, keeps rivers flooding into summer

    This is certainly not optimal. While we have a temporary break in the rain, long-range computer models point to a higher likelihood of heavy rain in the June 15-20 timeframe. While that’s a ways off and subject to change, the day-to-day rain chance is what is worrisome. Cooler, but wetter weather pattern setting up for the Midwest during the June 13-19th timeframe. — EricSorensen☈ (@ERICSORENSEN) June 6, 2019 River levels will level off and slowly fall into next week […]

  • First forecast for Summer 2019: Cool & Wet

    The #1 question our Meteorologists are asked these days? “What’s summer look like?” Now, some early indications. NWS Climate Prediction Center Forecast: Summer looks wetter, cooler than normal. — EricSorensen☈ (@ERICSORENSEN) June 3, 2019 Looking at the past five Junes, we see a pattern: when it’s rainier than normal, it’s really rainier than normal. Back in 2014 and 2015, we six inches more rain than usual. In 2015, we saw near-record flooding on the Rock River. The Mississippi […]

  • Be ready! Afternoon storms could produce a “strong tornado”

    Today is a day to be “weather aware” as there is a significant risk of severe weather including damaging hail, wind, and a few tornadoes. On our Threat Track scale, we are at a level 3 on a 1-5 scale. The main threats will include damaging wind, hail to the size of golf balls, and a few tornadoes. Here’s the set up: There will likely be two windows of opportunities for storms today. First, non-severe thunderstorms will traverse the area […]

  • Disaster in the making? Much of Iowa to receive 7 inches of rain next 8 days

    Iowa is poised to get the most rain in the entire country over the next 7-8 days. That amount of rain will have major implications on not only river flooding, but agriculture, shipping on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and the economic impact of more inundation. Early projections show 7 inches or more falling across much of the state through the first part of June. Not only will this continue to swamp farm fields, it will produce a tremendous amount […]

  • Seeking Shelter: 5 reasons why overpasses are a terrible idea

    Imagine driving down the interstate as the sky turns dark. You come over a hill and see a tornado ahead of you. What do you do? Instinctively, you may think “I’ve got to get under something!” But today, we have five good reasons you should think twice. Highway overpasses offer no shelter from flying debris. The wind in a tornado isn’t what injures and kills people, it’s the debris moving in the tornado. A weaker tornado can still produce winds […]

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