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

  • Time Lapse Video: Snow on the Chesapeake Expressway

    Posted on: 8:15 pm, January 28, 2014, by , updated on: 09:05pm, January 28, 2014

    TIME LAPSE VIDEO: Here's a look at the snow moving in and accumulating along the Chesapeake Expressway.
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  • VIDEO: How much snow in your neighborhood?

    Posted on: 5:26 pm, January 27, 2014, by , updated on: 07:52pm, January 27, 2014

    Here's a video showing our latest neighborhood-by-neighborhood forecast.
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  • Storm Central: Hampton Roads still cleaning up after major snow storm

    Posted on: 6:25 am, January 27, 2014, by , and , updated on: 07:06am, March 2, 2014

    All winter weather advisories for the area have been lifted. Cleanup efforts continue.
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  • Is a winter storm brewing for this week?

    Posted on: 10:43 pm, January 24, 2014, by , updated on: 06:00pm, January 26, 2014

    We've still got snow and ice on the ground from last week's winter storm and we could have round two rolling in by the middle of this week. Or maybe not.
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  • List: Highest winter storm wind gusts

    Posted on: 10:00 am, January 22, 2014, by

    Here's a rundown of the highest wind gusts recorded during the winter storm.
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  • Video: More cool time lapses from around Hampton Roads

    Posted on: 12:42 pm, January 17, 2014, by , updated on: 12:43pm, January 17, 2014

    Check out these cool time lapse videos I shot around Hampton Roads.
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  • Five ways to get your weather pic on TV

    Posted on: 12:32 pm, January 16, 2014, by , updated on: 02:48pm, January 16, 2014

    You may have noticed how much we like to show your beautiful pictures during our weather forecasts. We’re suckers for...
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  • RATE THE DAY: Friday

    Posted on: 8:17 pm, January 13, 2014, by , updated on: 10:28pm, January 17, 2014

    Each day on Facebook and Twitter, I ask my friends to rate the day's weather. What do you think?
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  • VIDEO: Debris flies as Saturday storm rolls through

    Posted on: 2:59 pm, January 12, 2014, by , updated on: 09:22am, January 13, 2014

    This is security camera video from Saturday's storm hitting Scott's Store in Belvidere, NC.
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  • VIDEO: Watch as building under construction collapses in Saturday’s storm

    Posted on: 12:14 pm, January 12, 2014, by , updated on: 01:23pm, January 12, 2014

    This building under construction in the Raleigh area collapsed during Saturday's high winds.
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  • List: The highest winds reported during Saturday’s storms

    Posted on: 10:14 am, January 12, 2014, by , updated on: 12:08pm, January 12, 2014

    These are some of the highest wind gusts reported by sensors and trained weather spotters during Saturday's severe weather outbreak.
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  • Video: VIPIRcast shows you when to expect storms this weekend

    Posted on: 6:39 pm, January 10, 2014, by

    We're expecting showers and thunderstorms on Saturday. Here's a look at VIPIRcast to help you make your weekend plans.
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