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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
  • ADI 48hr Futurecast

    Dominic’s VIPIR Forecast: Hot and humid, then showers and storms

    Hot and humid, then showers and thunderstorms….As we move through our Monday, get ready for another hot, humid day across Hampton Roads and NE North Carolina, courtesy of high pressure offshore. Highs will soar into the upper 80s and lower 90s by afternoon, but the humidity will make it feel hotter. We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds and a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms by afternoon. However, our rain chances will be going up into Tuesday as […]

  • Swimming not recommended in Chesapeake Bay for 48 hours after a heavy rain

    As the weather warms up and people start flocking to the bay for a dip in the water, be on the lookout for potential advisories and signs -- especially after it rains.

  • New NASA plane could be unmanned aircraft of the future

    Hampton, Va. – To some, it might look like a big toy.  But a 55-pound battery-powered plane, designed and built by engineers at NASA Langley, is the real deal. And one day, it could be used for mapping, research, and much more. “It’s not like any other aircraft I’ve ever seen,” said David North, aerospace engineer at NASA Langley. The aircraft is named Greased Lightning.  And that name has a lot to do with how the aircraft powers up to […]

  • Below-normal Atlantic Hurricane Season expected

    Expect fewer hurricanes than normal this year. On Wednesday, forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their predictions for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season. They’re forecasting 6 to 11 named storms.  3 to 6 of those storms could become hurricanes.  Zero to 2 could become major hurricanes, category 3 or higher. Forecasters say El-Nino is responsible for a below-normal season. During El-Nino years, wind shear typically increases, which can tear storms apart. The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins […]

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    Dominic’s VIPIR Forecast: Your Memorial Day brings sunshine and warm temps

    The sunny, warm weather continues….As we move through our Memorial Day, grab your sunglasses! We’re expecting more sunny, warm weather across the viewing area as high pressure remains in firm control offshore. High temperatures will climb into the mid and upper 80s by afternoon.  By Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll continue to feel the warmth and a little humidity, too.  Highs will be in the mid and upper 80s. Some areas away from the water could touch the lower 90s. A […]

  • Not unusual to see sharks swimming near the coast this time of the year

    Great white sharks have gotten a lot of people's attention recently. In fact, several of these big fish have been spotted swimming near our coast.

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    Dominic’s VIPIR Forecast: The storms move out just in time for the holiday weekend

    Most of the rain and storms we saw earlier today will move farther offshore tonight, giving way to partly to mostly cloudy skies. While a stray sprinkle or shower is possible, most of us should be dry. Low temperatures will be in the mid 50s.

  • Brown palm trees at the Oceanfront being replaced

    Virginia Beach, Va. – Several sabal and jelly palms that call the Virginia Beach Oceanfront home are on their way out, in hopes that they’ll be replaced before Memorial Day Weekend. Why you ask?  It’s all because the palms are brown, and some are even dead. “We’ve had an extremely harsh winter this last winter.  And then, with the prior one, it was like a one-two punch,” said Rachel Cook, general manager of the Jungle Golf on Pacific Avenue. Crews […]

  • ADI 48hr Futurecast

    Dominic’s VIPIR Forecast: Warm and humid with a chance of showers and storms

    Warm and humid with a chance of showers and storms….As we move through our Monday, expect another warm, humid day across Hampton Roads and NE North Carolina. High temperatures will rise into the mid 80s under a mix of sun and clouds. A few showers and thunderstorms are possible by afternoon, so keep that in mind. The rain will come in advance of an approaching cold front from the west. By Tuesday, once the front is here, we’ll have slightly […]

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    NASA program completes two projects to support Virginia’s wine, agriculture industries

    NASA Langley Research Center Applied Sciences' DEVELOP program has completed two new projects that are designed to support Virginia's wine industry and improve the efficiency of water consumption for agricultural purposes, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday.

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    Are the elephants leaving the Virginia Zoo?

    Norfolk, Va. – The Virginia Zoo is now on the hunt for another special friend. They ‘re looking for a third elephant for Cita and Lisa, the two existing elephants in their program right now. They say recent studies show that elephants thrive when they have lots of contact with each other. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums requires that zoos with elephants have at least three of them together so that they are more mentally and physically healthy. There […]

  • NOAA Weather Radio signal out for some in the Williamsburg area

    Hampton Roads, Va. – Some folks in the Williamsburg area are not able to get alerts on their NOAA weather radio, an important tool some people rely on during severe storms. And right now, the National Weather Service Office in Wakefield isn’t sure when it could be fixed. “The radios are nice because they’ll wake you up in the middle of the night.  They’re a very fast way of getting the warnings.  As soon as we issue the warnings, they […]


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