Patrick Rockey

Chief Meteorologist

Patrick Rockey is NewsChannel 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 CNU.

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 seals of approval from both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.

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, Patsy, Klein and Deanie. You can see Patrick's VIPIR Forecast every weekday on NewsChannel 3 at 4pm, 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm and 11pm.

Recent Articles

  • VIDEO: Watch temps plunge 30° tonight

    Posted on: 9:33 pm, April 15, 2014, by

    Take a look at this video showing the big temperature drop as it happened.
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    ADI Temps Past 12 Hours
  • GALLERY: Weather Pic of the Day

    Posted on: 10:17 pm, April 14, 2014, by , updated on: 10:24am, April 16, 2014

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    WEATHER PIC of the day is sunrise over Jockey's Ridge on the Outer Banks from Tony Brittan.
  • 50s, 60s or 70s? It depends on which way the wind blows

    Posted on: 9:29 pm, March 31, 2014, by

    Which way is the wind blowing? This time of the year that's a really important question when you're trying to forecast the weather around here.
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    ADI Water Temps
  • VOTE: Help us pick the worst day of winter

    Posted on: 10:34 am, March 19, 2014, by , updated on: 10:48am, March 19, 2014

    What was the very worst day of winter? We've pored over the record books to narrow it down to these six days. Look through the explanations and help us choose the very worst day of winter.
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  • VIDEO: Take a look at the temperature plunge ahead

    Posted on: 10:28 pm, March 11, 2014, by

    Take a look at the dramatic change in temperatures on the way because of Wednesday's cold front.
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  • Poll: Are you ready for winter to be over?

    Posted on: 9:34 pm, February 17, 2014, by , updated on: 09:47pm, February 17, 2014

    With temperatures in the 60s (and maybe even 70s this week) it's easy to hope that winter has finally given up its icy grip. And who can blame us? It's been unusually chilly and snowy.
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    Hurley wishing for warmer days in Churchland.
  • Hour by hour: What to expect from this winter storm

    Posted on: 3:58 pm, February 12, 2014, by , updated on: 12:01am, February 13, 2014

    We're looking at a complex winter weather system moving in. That means what you see is not what you get. Conditions will be changing quickly. Here's what to expect hour by hour.
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    Colley and Gates in Ghent
  • Winter Storm: Check out the latest VIPIRcast forecast model

    Posted on: 9:40 pm, February 11, 2014, by

    Here's video of our latest VIPIRcast forecast model so you can track the rain, sleet, snow and temperatures where you live.
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    ADI RPM with Temps
  • TIME-LAPSE: See today’s snow arrive on the Outer Banks

    Posted on: 3:51 pm, February 11, 2014, by

    Here's a cool time lapse of today's snowy weather falling on the Wright Brother's Memorial in Kill Devil Hills.
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    Timelapse Wright Memorial Cam
  • NEW INFO: Latest VIPIRcast computer model of winter storm

    Posted on: 10:18 pm, February 10, 2014, by , updated on: 10:39pm, February 10, 2014

    While much of the east coast will be paralyzed by a major winter storm, we MAY escape the worst of the wintry mess. Here's a look at the latest VIPIRcast model run.
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    ADI 48hr Futurecast
  • Weather Blog: Is an outdoor Super Bowl just tempting fate?

    Posted on: 10:09 pm, January 31, 2014, by

    A lot of folks were worried about the weather for the NFL's first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold climate.
    What do you think: Should they do it again or are they just tempting fate?
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  • Is another big winter storm REALLY on the way?

    Posted on: 2:23 pm, January 31, 2014, by , updated on: 03:38pm, January 31, 2014

    By now you've probably seen these scary looking images in your Facebook and Twitter feeds. They're painting in 10, 15, even 20 inches of snow next weekend.
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