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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.


Recent Articles
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    Patrick’s First Warning Forecast: Tracking possible storms and near-record heat

    Warm and possibly stormy weather on the way. We are tracking a powerful cold front heading in our direction. Ahead of that front a gusty southwest wind will send temperatures to near-record highs.

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    Patrick’s First Warning Forecast: Tracking 70s and thunderstorms

    A series of cold fronts will cross the region over the next few days. Ahead of each of these, a gusty south and southwest wind will push temperatures up. By Wednesday, we could get close to our record high of 79°.

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    Patrick’s First Warning Forecast: Highs in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s

    If you've spend more than five minutes in Hampton Roads, this probably won't surprise you: Over the next few days, we're expecting highs in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

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    First Warning Forecast: Cold front to bring cooler temperatures

    A cold front will bring some changes our way…We’ll see partly cloudy skies overnight with some patchy fog developing. Lows in the lower 60s. As we head into Friday, rain chances will increase from west to east as a cold front moves in from the west. We will also see clouds increase as well. So by the afternoon, expect some rain chances (30%). Looks like most of the rain should move out overnight Friday, but a lingering shower is possible […]

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    Patrick’s First Warning Forecast: Chilly start on Tuesday, back to the 70s

    Hurricane Matthew has moved out, fall weather has moved in. In fact, many areas will wake up to temperatures in the 40s on Tuesday morning. But that's the chilliest it will get over the next week.

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    First Warning Forecast: Hurricane Matthew continues to move up the east coast

    ***A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from north of Surf City to Duck, NC, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.*** ***Flash Flood Watch in effect Saturday through Sunday for Northampton, Hertford, Gates, Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck, Bertie, Chowan and Perquimans county in North Carolina. For Southampton, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Hampton and Franklin in Virginia. *** Hurricane Matthew continues to move out of northern Florida and is lashing Georgia and South Carolina. Matthew […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Hurricane Matthew’s impacts for Hampton Roads and NE North Carolina

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Breezy conditions with some scattered showers overnight. These showers are not associated with Matthew. Lows overnight in the upper 60s. Heading into Friday, expect mostly cloudy skies with some showers. Highs in the mid to upper 70s. We’ll continue to have gusty winds out of the NE, which means tidal flooding is possible. Rain from Hurricane Matthew will start to build up the East Coast on Friday and will reach Hampton Roads and Eastern […]

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    Patrick’s First Warning Forecast: Some weekend storms and tracking Matthew

    Yes, we are tracking showers and possible thunderstorms on the way for part of the weekend. No, it will not be a washout.

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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

    After last week's Noah's Ark weather, I'm sure the last thing you want to hear is about more rain. But it looks like we will have to deal with several days of rain this week, including a few heavier downpours.

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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 […]