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With nearly 15 years of on-air experience, Chief Meteorologist Eric Sorensen has tracked more tornadoes and winter storms than anyone else on Rockford television.
This year marks a decade of forecasting at WREX, the station he watched as a child. He has been honored twice with Silver Dome Awards from the Illinois Broadcasters Association and nominated for an Emmy Award for Excellence in Broadcast Meteorology. Readers of the Rockford Register Star have named him the favorite television personality two years in a row.
Eric's work isn't limited to television. His forecasts are heard during the afternoon drive on seven radio stations in the Rockford Metro. He is also very active on Twitter and Facebook.
Eric's pride and joy is "Project: Tornado" a weather program each May that teaches students about the power of severe weather. To date, more than 35,000 students have completed his course!
He attended St. Edwards Grade School and Boylan High School here in Rockford and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology, Eric chased tornadoes and hurricanes while working at KTRE in Lufkin, Texas and KLTV in Tyler, Texas.
Meteorologist Greg Bobos comes to Rockford via WYIN in Merrillville, Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and had internships at WLS-TV in Chicago and WRTV in Indianapolis. He is originally from Dyer, Indiana.
Greg didn't always know weather was the job for him. "I grew up wanting to be an astronaut because I was fascinated by the unknown. As I got older my interests turned toward the weather for the same reason, the thrill of the unknown and ever changing."
Greg is a movie buff as well as a television junkie. He's also good on the drums and has been in various bands during his high school and college careers.
Meteorologist Joe Astolfi was born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio, home to the world famous Cedar Point Amusement Park.
As a child, Joe would always flip through the television stations to catch all the different weather forecasts; his favorite meteorologist is Dick Goddard, Cleveland’s Tom Skilling. Joe moved to Illinois to attend Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology and Geographic Information Systems certificate from NIU in 2009. Ever since, he has lived in the Rockford area and is thrilled to be able to forecast the weather for northern Illinois.
In his free time, Joe enjoys outdoor photography, walking along one of the Rockford region's many nature trails, anything geography or weather related, and of course visiting friends and family. His favorite places to relax and take in the natural scenery include Sinnissippi Park and Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve. He enjoys visiting museums. Chicago’s Field Museum and Rockford’s Burpee Museum of Natural History are his favorites.