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Dominic Brown joined NewsChannel 3 in June 2012 as weekend meteorologist.

If there’s one thing that most people want to know about Dominic, it’s about his name. It looks simple, right? Well, don’t let the spelling fool you. It’s a family name. In fact, Dominic was named after his dad. The best way to remember how to say Dominic is to think of Dennis “The Menace.” Really! You’ll have it in no time!

Dominic is from the Peach State, born and raised in suburban Atlanta in a town called Locust Grove. For as long as Dominic can remember, weather has always been in him. In fact, as a kid, he loved telling people about the weather and giving his own forecast to family and friends. It was always his childhood dream to do the weather, even before he knew how to spell meteorologist! But it wasn’t until severe storms sent Dominic and his family piling into a bathtub in his hometown that he knew for sure that he wanted to pursue his dream and help save lives.

Dominic began his career at WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 in Eastern North Carolina. He was the first black meteorologist in that station's history. Dominic spent more than four years as weekend meteorologist/weekday reporter, forecasting and being on the front line of several major weather events, including Hurricane Irene in 2011 and one of the worst tornado outbreaks in the state’s history on April 16 that same year.

Before arriving in North Carolina, Dominic spent two years in Starkville, Mississippi. That’s where he received his Master of Science in Geosciences/Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. While there, Dominic was a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Communication. He also had the opportunity to get a taste of all kinds of severe weather while chasing storms in Mississippi and all over the Great Plains. He also had a chance to witness firsthand the destruction caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Before arriving at MSU, Dominic received his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast News from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

While in school, Dominic interned at WSB-TV in Atlanta and WCBS-TV in New York. Dominic is a member of the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society (AMS). In fact, he is honored to hold the prestigious AMS Television Seal of Approval. Dominic is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

When Dominic is not working, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the movies, working out, watching sports, and cheering on his Georgia and Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Recent Articles
  • Chesapeake to begin aerial spraying for mosquitoes Monday

    Chesapeake, Va. –  Baby mosquitoes are already showing up in standing water across the City of Chesapeake, waiting to grow up to bite you. “We’ve had plenty of rain, plenty of snow and the swamps are full,” said Joe Simmons, Director of the Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission. Simmons says the cold, wet winter kept many of his crews from cleaning out ditches. That helps keep the water flowing so mosquitoes can’t find a place to breed. But now, the city is turning its […]

  • Emergency managers meet, discuss what they’ve learned since deadly Cherrystone tornado

    Hampton, Va. – Officials say alerts on cell phones and better communication are two important keys they’ve learned since the deadly Cherrystone Campground tornado last July in order to keep people safe. “I knew that campground like the back of my hand. And I knew the vulnerability. And I knew if it was a tornado, something really, really bad could have happened,” said Bill Sammler, Meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Wakefield. Last summer, an EF-1 tornado ripped through […]

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    VIPIReady Live Blog: Freezing rain causing closings and delays

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Hampton Roads and NE North Carolina until late Thursday night.

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    VIPIReady Live Blog: Snow set to move in late Wednesday night

    1” to 2” of snow accumulation is possible across the advisory area today.

  • Workers adjust to bitterly cold temperatures

    Virginia Beach, Va. – The ice frozen too hard for a shovel to work. “Yeah, everything is working against me,” said Thomas Reap of Reap Industries Floor Coverings, located off of  Virginia Beach Blvd. So this small business owner tried a hammer instead. “Snow is cool, but the ice, I can live without. Trying to keep Reap Industries alive and the weather is trying to bring me down,” said Reap. Reap had to put some muscle into it when the […]

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    VIPIReady Live Blog: Storm moves out, leaves mess behind

    The winter storm is on its way out, but we'll be feeling the effects for a while still.

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    Winter Storm Watch issued for Hampton Roads

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Hampton Roads area, effective until Tuesday morning. Click here to view the VIPIR Forecast.  

  • Coastal storms are destroying wooden fishing piers on the North Carolina coast

    Outer Banks, N.C. – Wooden fishing piers,  long standing symbols of the North Carolina coast, are struggling. “The ambiance of the wooden piers are just what makes the Outer Banks,” said Scott Cahoon, professional photographer for Hatteras Island Phantom Photography. Photos: Portion of Rodanthe Pier collapses With coastal storms over the years, some of those piers have been ripped apart, like the Frisco Pier during Hurricane Earl in 2010.  Others have received a lot of damage, too, like the Avalon Fishing Pier […]

  • Report: Female blue crab numbers are way down

    Norfolk, Va. – The Chesapeake Bay is known for its blue crabs. But a recent report from the Chesapeake Bay Program says the number of spawning-age female blue crabs has gone way down.  In fact, the numbers are so low that the report says those crabs are in a depleted state. “This past season was the worst year I’ve had.  Been doing this for over 30 years,” said Pete Nixon who makes a living by crabbing. Nixon says he and […]

  • Virginia Beach urging residents to dispose of plastic bags properly

    The City of Virginia Beach is asking residents to consider using reusable bags for shopping and carrying items instead of plastic bags that can pollute the city if they're not discarded properly.

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    Humpback whale washes ashore in Corolla

    Corolla, N.C. – Investigators were on the move for much of the day Wednesday, looking at every angle from the outside in, to get to the bottom of why a juvenile humpback whale washed ashore in Corolla Tuesday. “If you look north and you look south, we were the only two people on this whole stretch of beach,” said Bob Segal. Segal and his wife were taking their daily walk on the beach Tuesday when they saw something in the […]

  • A giant robot is attracting a lot of attention in Hampton Roads

    Hampton, Va. – A giant robot is attracting a lot of attention in Hampton Roads these days. “We’ve run this thing dozens and dozens of times,” said Brian Stewart, Integration Manager for ISAAC at NASA’s Langley Research Center. In fact, it looks like something out of a Transformers movie.  But you won’t find Optimus Prime and or any Autobots around. “We watch it over and over again, and it never gets old.  And I don’t foresee it getting old anytime […]


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