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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.

Send E-Mail: eric.sorensen@wqad.com
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Recent Articles
  • Mexican Lasagna is a thing and it’s delicious!

    As the weather turns colder, we’re always looking for a great recipe that warms the kitchen and our stomachs. This recipe for Mexican Lasagna comes from one of my friends, Laura Magolan, who is a TV news producer in Milwaukee. She’s super clever in the kitchen so I decided to put this recipe to the test this past weekend. We talked about this on Monday’s Good Morning Quad Cities and so many people asked for the recipe. I asked Laura […]

  • The science behind leaf color changes and when peak color will occur

    This could be a good year for leaf-peeping, thanks to the dry weather from back in September. We’ll get into that in a bit, but have you ever wondered why leaves change color, to begin with? For most of their life cycle, leaves have a plentiful supply of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the pigment in leaves that makes them green. As temperatures cool in the fall, trees supply less and less chlorophyll to the leaves which allows other chemicals to be […]

  • When freezing temps are possible and how close the snow gets this weekend

    If you have plants outside that you’ll want to enjoy, you need to move them in this evening. A Freeze Warning is in effect for the possibility of temperatures cold enough to end the growing season. We will dip into the lower 30s after midnight tonight, possibly getting below the freezing mark by Saturday morning. The hours of most concern are between 3am and 8am Saturday morning. Mostly sunny skies will give us a little boost in temperatures for the […]

  • What to do (and what not to do) on “Coming Out Day”

    "Even if you don't accept what you're being told, it's important to offer support."

  • When we should expect the first frost and freeze of the season

    One week ago, the Quad Cities saw a high temperature of 88 degrees. It’s that time of year when we should expect those stronger cold fronts to bring big changes. Summertime heat and humidity, the likes of which we had last week, are now a thing of the past. Temperatures will still top out in the 70s for a few days before a cold front brings the temps down dramatically this weekend. The average date of our first freezing temperature […]

  • Gearing up for the coldest weekend in six months!

    Get ready for a trio of beautiful days! We will have mostly sunny skies today and tomorrow with just a few more clouds on Wednesday. Temperatures will top out in the lower 70s for all of these days with light winds. Thursday will still be nice but look for increasing clouds and rain coming for the evening. Everyone is talking about the weekend already as it stands to be the chilliest since March 30th and 31st. That’s when highs were […]

  • How the body perceives cold and the reasons why women are colder than men

    Have you ever wondered why you can be freezing while your partner is sweating? It’s the age old argument that takes place in households this time of year: What is the perfect thermostat setting? Turns out, science can prove why women tend to be colder than men. First, let’s look at how our bodies perceive temperature. The first place that senses the ambient temperature is the tip of our fingers. These receptors collect information from the surrounding environment, sending that […]

  • Tumbling Temps: Don’t dress for the now, dress for the later

    Incredibly, temperatures at 5:00 a.m. were in the upper 70s. After today’s cold front, we will be in the 60s with a breeze that will make it feel cooler. Make sure you’re making the right decisions on which season to dress for! Occasional showers and rumbles are expected today as the cold frontal boundary pushes through the area. Another inch of rain is possible before it’s all said and done. Rain will taper off after midnight tonight with overnight lows […]

  • Big weather changes! Severe weather and heavy rain possible tonight

    Get ready for a wild weather roller coaster over the next few days! Today will be the last of Summer’s heat and humidity. We’ll have highs in the middle 80s with heat index values up into the upper 80s. A few rogue thunderstorms are possible from Muscatine, up to Dubuque today. Thunderstorms will become likely as the night goes on tonight. A few storms could be a little feisty with some winds up to 60 mph and torrential rainfall. Parts […]

  • Dire conclusions for oceans in new climate report

    Thank goodness Earth is mostly covered by water because more than 90% of heat and 25% of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions have gone into the oceans.

  • Covered parking and clean energy coming to Quad City International Airport

    MOLINE, Illinois — We’ve all been there, coming back to the Quad Cities from a warm destination only to find our vehicles buried in snow. Or slightly better, darting through rows in a downpour trying to escape being soaked. A new initiative by the Quad City International Airport will change that. With funds from the State of Illinois and the U.S. Federal government, the solution will not only provide covered parking, it will help combat climate change. Last week, the […]

  • WHAT’S HAPPENING? Relay for Life, Brew Ha Ha, Bowl for Birdies, and Pride Fest

    BETTENDORF, Iowa – The John Deere Classic‘s Birdies for Charity Program needs your help raising money for its Bonus Fund and all you have to do is bowl! Bowl for Birdies is taking place at High 5 Lanes & Games inside the TBK Bank Sports Complex from 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Birdies for Charity will receive 50% of the proceeds for bowling, laser tag, escape rooms, and arcade games. The money raised will go toward […]

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