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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
  • Patrick’s forecast: A few storms and a lot of rain

    A little stormy and very soggy. We're tracking a line of showers and thunderstorms rolling across our region through the evening hours.

  • ADI 24hr Futurecast

    Severe thunderstorm watch canceled for Hampton Roads

    Track storms with the NewsChannel 3 Interactive Radar UPDATE: The severe thunderstorm for Hampton Roads has now been canceled.  Tracking strong-to-severe storms. A powerful cold front is rolling into Hampton Roads. Ahead of the storms, we’re under a warm, humid air mass, with high temperatures well into the 80s for most of us. As the front moves in this evening, we may see some powerful storms develop. Within these storms, we can expect damaging winds, large hail, localized flooding and […]

  • Patrick’s Forecast: Warm and stormy Friday ahead

    Friday will be absolutely nothing like Thursday. Ahead of a powerful cold front, expect a mix of clouds and sunshine with highs in the low-to-mid 80s for most of us. That warm, moist air should provide the fuel for storms that should fire up once the cold front arrives in the late afternoon and evening hours.

  • VIPIReady Live Blog: Snow set to move in late Wednesday night

    1” to 2” of snow accumulation is possible across the advisory area today.

  • One year old Maxine enjoyed the snow in the Western Branch part of Chesapeake2

    VIPIReady Live Blog: Storm moves out, leaves mess behind

    The winter storm is on its way out, but we'll be feeling the effects for a while still.

  • Patrick Rockey’s grandparents honored for their 81-year marriage

    Kansas couple Dale and Alice Rockey have just been honored as one of the longest married couples in the United States. But for NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist Patrick Rockey, they’re just grandpa and grandma.

  • Hurricane Stats Track

    LIVE Blog: Arthur on verge of becoming hurricane, heading our way

    TRACKING ARTHUR Check the blog below for live updates. Click here to see the Vipir Forecast 

  • Spaghetti Plots

    Patrick’s Weather Blog: A tropical storm for July 4th?

    It’s probably the last thing that folks who count on tourist dollars want to hear.  We’re tracking a developing system that could grow into a tropical storm and pay us a visit just in time for the busy 4th of July weekend. Right now, a weak area of low pressure is churning off the Florida coast.  It appears to be getting a little better organized.  But a strong area of high pressure to our north should keep it bottled up […]

  • Spot the Space Station

    SPACE STATION: You may be able to see it Tuesday night (or maybe not)

    The International Space Station will pass over Hampton Roads and Coastal Carolina this evening. But will the weather cooperate? A broken line of showers and thunderstorms will cross the area tonight, bringing clouds with it. However, the clouds may clear enough for many of us to see it. Click the video to find out where to look. Patrick Rockey NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist

  • Fed up with high cable bills? We’ll show you how to cut the cord!

    Once upon a time, TV was free—all three channels of it, maybe four on a good day. Then along came cable with the promise of dozens of channels for a few more dollars a month then came more channels and more dollars. And these days, cable may be one of your biggest monthly bills, but it doesn’t have to be. Have you ever really scrolled through your cable TV package? Chances are you’re paying for Boomerang, the Pentagon Channel, and […]

  • ADI Highs Today

    Big plunge: What caused the big cooldown on the Eastern Shore?

    Folks on the Eastern Shore experience several seasons in just a few hours on Tuesday. After a high of 90 around 3pm, an abrupt shift in the wind sent temperatures plunging into the 50s within a few hours.

  • ISS

    Here’s how to spot the International Space Station this evening

    The International Space Station will pay us a brief visit this evening, and the weather should cooperate. Click on the video for exactly how you can spot it.

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