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Patrick Rockey is News 3’s chief meteorologist.

Patrick’s interest in weather began on a camping trip to Lake Gaston when he was just 7-years-old. It was June 1972 and his entire family was spending the week in a pop-up camper.

A terrible rainstorm came and made the trip a muddy mess. But it wasn’t just any rainstorm. The remnants of Hurricane Agnes dumped flooding rains on parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. Agnes is still considered the worst natural disaster ever to hit some communities. After that, Patrick became fascinated by hurricanes, thunderstorms and, like every kid, snow storms. He still considers the Blizzard of 1980 in Hampton Roads his favorite weather memory.

Patrick was born at Ft. Eustis, graduated from Denbigh High School and Christopher Newport University (It was actually Christopher Newport College at the time) with a degree in English/Journalism. He served as editor of the school newspapers at both Denbigh High School and Christopher Newport.

Patrick then earned a master’s degree in Communications – Radio/TV from Murray State University in Kentucky. He received his meteorology training through Mississippi State University and holds the seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society.

Patrick has been honored with two southern regional Emmy Awards, along with numerous awards from the Associated Press.

Patrick’s parents retired from the military and live on the Peninsula. He shares his Norfolk home with his three dogs, Blue, Klein and Deanie. You can see Patrick’s First Warning Forecast every weekday on News 3.


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    First Warning Forecast: Scattered showers and storms for Thursday

    The First Warning Storm Team is tracking scattered showers and storms for your Thursday. Strong storms move out overnight. A chance for a scattered shower. Lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Keep that umbrella handy! More scattered showers and storms on tap for Thursday as the stationary front and an area of low pressure remain over the Mid-Atlantic. Those chances for showers continue on Friday. Doesn’t look like it will be a washout though. Highs will be in […]

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    Patrick’s First Warning Forecast: Tracking more showers and storms

    It may not be the biblical rain we saw last week, but more scattered showers and thunderstorms are looking likely for the next few days.

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    Patrick’s First Warning Forecast: More showers and storms ahead

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    Saturday’s First Warning Forecast: Highs in the 80s, mostly dry conditions

    ***A River Flood Warning is in effect for the Cashie River near Windsor in Bertie County. Major flooding is occurring. River levels will fall below flood stage by late Sunday.*** The First Warning Storm Team is tracking drier conditions to start your weekend. Expect some patchy, dense fog in some areas Saturday morning. A mixture of sun and clouds for Saturday with highs in the lower 80s. A cold front will drop across the area bringing more fall-like temperature for […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Areas of patchy fog overnight, widely scattered showers Friday

    ***A River Flood Warning is in effect for the Cashie River near Windsor in Bertie County.  Major flooding is occurring. The river will continue to fall below flood stage by Sunday afternoon.*** The First Warning Storm Team is tracking patchy fog overnight and Friday morning. Mostly dry conditions as we head into the overnight hours. The main concern will be areas of patchy fog, so exercise caution as you travel tonight and tomorrow. Low temperatures in the lower 70s. On Friday, […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Scattered rain showers on tap for Thursday

    ***A Flood Warning is in effect for  Pasquotank, Perquimans, Gates, Currituck, Bertie, Camden, and Hertford in North Carolina until 5:00 am Thursday.*** ***A Flood Warning for urban areas and small streams is in effect for the following cities, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach until 4:45 am Thursday*** ***A Flood Warning for urban areas and small streams is in effect for the following counties, Northampton, Isle of Wight, Southampton, as well as the city of Franklin until 4:15 am.*** […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Heat and humidity on tap to end the workweek

    The First Warning Storm Team is tracking more heat and humidity to end your workweek. Overnight,  expect warm and muggy conditions with low temperatures in the mid 70s. Get ready for more heat and humidity to end your workweek. Highs will climb into the lower 90s. However, the humidity will make it feel close to 100. We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds, with mostly dry conditions. We’ll see similar conditions heading into Saturday, with highs in the lower […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Back to summer-like conditions

    The First Warning Storm Team is tracking a few scattered showers and storms and summer-like temperatures. A few lingering showers and storms, otherwise dry with partly cloudy skies overnight. Lows in the mid 70s. If you’ve missed the heat and humidity, don’t worry, it’ll be back on Thursday. We’re expecting highs in the low to mid 90s. But because of the humidity, heat index values will be near 100. It’ll be a mostly dry day with a slight chance for […]

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    First Warning Forecast: The latest on Tropical Storm Hermine

    The First Warning Storm Team is keeping a close eye on Hermine. Stay tuned to WTKR for around-the-clock updates. Expect heavy rain, gusty winds, and dangerous driving conditions overnight and into the day Saturday. If you don’t have to be out, stay indoors especially around high tide times on Saturday. Major Tidal flooding is possible. The high tide times at Sewell’s point are 11:00 am and 11:00 pm on Saturday, and Noon on Sunday. Tropical Update: Tropical Storm Hermine is […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Hurricane Hermine to impact your holiday weekend

    The First Warning Storm Team is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Hermine. This storm will impact our holiday weekend forecast. A few lingering showers possible overnight, otherwise mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 70s. All eyes are on Hurricane Hermine. Hermine will make landfall over Florida within the next few hours, then move up the East Coast Friday through Saturday. Friday, you can expect a mix of sun and clouds to start the day with a chance for […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Tracking Hurricane Hermine and its impacts on your holiday weekend

    The First Warning Storm Team is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Hermine. This storm will impact our holiday weekend forecast. First, we’re dealing with some showers and storms that aren’t associated with Hermine, but with a cold front that’s crossing the region. Showers and storms will move out tonight with lows in the lower 70s. Then, our attention turns to Hurricane Hermine. Hermine will make landfall over Florida, then move up the East Coast Friday through Saturday. Friday, you […]

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    Hermine has strengthened to a Hurricane

    New data from the Air Force Hurricane Hurricane Hunter aircraft, indicate that Hermine has strengthened to a hurricane. Hermine is the fourth hurricane of 2016 in the Atlantic basin. The system is moving NNE at 14 mph with sustained winds of 75 mph. On the forecast track, the center of Hermine will be near the Florida coast tonight or early Friday. Hermine will make landfall over Florida, then move up the East Coast Friday through Saturday. We’ll start our Friday […]