Morgan Strackbein, WQAD

Morgan Strackbein


Moline, IL, United States

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Past articles by Morgan:

Restoring the Quad Cities

The Habitat for Humanity Restore program assists those who need extra help with home repairs in the Quad Cities. → Read More

Chelsea Gives Back to Princeton

Chelsea Sanchez started fundraising during the height of COVID-19 to stay connected with her community. Here's why she's our Pay It Forward recipient. → Read More

Live blog: Tornado Watch issued for southeast Iowa, west-central Illinois

WQAD's StormTrack8 team says large hail, strong winds and tornadoes are possible for parts of the Quad Cities area on Sept. 18, 2022. Here are the live updates. → Read More

PAY IT FORWARD | Helping the families of fallen heroes through golf

Shane Kern works with a group that helps the families of fallen servicemen and first responders to organize a fundraiser golf outing, and now it's in its third year. → Read More

Climate Minute: Mini lessons on the science of climate change

Weather is a common talking point, but let’s get better at discussing climate and how it impacts us every day. Storm Tracker 8 dives in on issues surrounding it. → Read More

Tools for Teachers: Davenport North High School teacher feels honored to be recognized

Special Education teacher Leah Arp receives funds to help her students continue to develop important life skills → Read More

Why our severe weather season has been unusually quiet

The Quad Cities is experiencing one of the quietest severe weather seasons in over 20 years. What has starved us from severe storms? → Read More

August 2020 derecho now the costliest severe storm event in US history, tops 11.2 billion dollars

Widespread winds estimated as high as 140 MPH caused nearly 11.2 billion dollars in damage across the Midwest. → Read More

Updated climate normals continue to track change

Climate is classified over a 30 year period and every new decade we see a new analysis of how our seasonal and monthly averages changed. → Read More

VERIFY: Do harsh winters impact the bug population?

We've seen some extremely cold winters lately, but do those bitter temperatures reduce bug populations? → Read More

Eager to get planting? Here's when you should start your home garden!

The ground is coming back to life and we are eager to get to work on our own yards, but why should we wait a little longer to plant? → Read More

VERIFY: Does a river influence the path of a tornado?

Tornado season peeks in May here in the Quad Cities. Now is a good time to verify a popular weather tale about rivers and tornadoes. → Read More

VERIFY: What does a '50% chance of rain' actually mean?

A viral TikTok video attempts to explain what a percent chance of rain actually means, but is it accurate? → Read More

Nailed it or Failed it: Beer Brats

We're using up some left over St. Patrick's Day goodies and getting you ready for a warm Spring weekend. → Read More

Greek alphabet will never be used again for tropical storm naming

Scientists found that the Greek alphabet presented problems for communication and clarity when defining hurricanes. → Read More

VERIFY: Are robins a sure sign of spring?

Robin activity always seems to increase in March, but does it really mean spring is here? → Read More

VERIFY: Is the extreme winter cold of 2021 the result of climate change?

Record-breaking cold crippled much of the Midwest during the month of February, stretching all the way to the Texas coast. Is this a sign of climate change? → Read More

2021 Flood Outlook: Mississippi River risk lower than past few years, snow a concern for smaller rivers

After seeing very elevated flood risks on our rivers over the past few years, this year brings better news - for the Mississippi at least. → Read More

VERIFY: Can being outside in the cold, give you a cold?

The Storm Track 8 team verifies a popular weather myth claiming that being outside in the cold can give you a cold. → Read More

2020 Atlantic hurricane record-breaking season comes to an end

The predicted above-average season officially ends as one of the most active years on record. → Read More