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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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    First Warning Forecast: Tracking scattered storms this evening and tonight

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast ***Heat Advisory is in effect until 7 pm for most of Eastern North Carolina. Heat index values will be between 105 to 110 this afternoon.*** Heat, humidity and thunderstorms….Your First Warning Storm Team is keeping a close eye on the thermometer and the radar today. Scattered showers and storms possible this evening. Any storms that develop could produce heavy rain and gusty winds. Storms chances will diminish late once we lose the heat of […]

  • ADI Futurecast PM

    First Warning Forecast: Tracking more heat and storms to end the workweek

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast For tonight, we’re expecting partly cloudy skies. Low temperatures will be in the upper 70s. On Friday, we’re expecting another hot, humid day. High temperatures will rise into the mid 90s. However, with the humidity, we’ll have heat index values in the triple digits again. Take your precautions. We’ll see partly cloudy skies and a few scattered showers and thunderstorms by the afternoon and evening. Some of the rain could be heavy at times. By the […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Dangerous heat and humidity on tap for Thursday

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast The hottest temperatures so far this year on tap…Temperatures on Thursday will soar to the upper 90s. Exercise caution if you are going to be outside. Keep yourself hydrated and watch out for your pets as well. A heat advisory has been issued for Thursday from noon until 8:00 pm. Feel-like temperatures will be in the triple digits. Conditions will be mostly dry with a mix of sun and clouds. A few pop-up showers […]

  • ADI Temperature Forecast

    First Warning Forecast: Relief from the heat continues Monday

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Relief from the heat continues Monday….Drier air continues to move in through Monday. Temperatures in the mid 80s. A slight chance for an afternoon/evening shower or storm, otherwise a mostly dry day with a sun and clouds mix. Lows in the lower 70s. We’ll continue with temperatures in the mid 80s through Wednesday, with a chance for an afternoon/evening shower or storm. Temperatures begin to heat up once again into the 90s heading into […]

  • ADI Futurecast PM

    First Warning Forecast: Seasonable temps with less humid conditions on tap

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast After a hot and humid past few days, today will provide a little bit of relief after drier air moves into the region behind a cold front.  Highs in the upper 80s to near 90, but dewpoints will be in the 60s. A dry day in store with a few clouds. Heading into the start of the workweek, temperatures will actually dip a few degrees below normal with highs in the mid 80s. A slight […]

  • RADAR Full

    First Warning Forecast: Tracking heat, humidity, and scattered storms through Saturday

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Tracking the heat, humidity and more storms….We’re starting to sound like a broken record, but we’re tracking more heat, humidity and storms. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, we’re tracking a break from some of the extreme heat by the second half of the weekend into next week. High temperatures today will rise into the mid 90s, but because of the humidity, it will feel like the […]

  • RADAR Full

    First Warning Forecast: Storms move out overnight, hot and humid conditions for Friday

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Scattered showers and storms move out late tonight. Heavy rain and gusty winds associated with these storms. Another very warm and humid night in store. Lows tonight in the mid to upper 70s. By Friday and Saturday, our temperatures will soar into the mid and upper 90s, with heat index values in the triple digits. This will likely be some of the hottest weather we’ve seen this year, especially Saturday, so take your precautions! […]

  • ADI Futurecast PM

    First Warning Forecast: Keeping an eye on First Warning radar

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Tracking the heat and humidity, along with more thunderstorms…Another very warm and humid night in store. A few scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible tonight. Any storms that develop could produce heavy rain and gusty winds. We’ll keep a close eye on the radar for you. By Friday and Saturday, our temperatures will soar into the mid and upper 90s, with heat index values in the triple digits. This will likely be some of […]

  • ADI Short Fly Forecast Highs

    First Warning Forecast: Temperatures climb into the 90s for Thursday

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Track rain and storms in your community with the News 3 Interactive Radar HERE. A warm and humid night in store…Any showers and storms moving out tonight. Lows tonight in the mid 70s. Another hot and humid day in store for Thursday. Highs will climb into the low to mid 90s. Of course, with the humidity, it will feel like the triple digits. We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds and even a […]

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    Here’s your summer fireworks schedule!

    Meteorologist Patrick Rockey has compiled this list for you and he's keeping track of the shows throughout the summer.

  • VIPIR Full

    Patrick’s First Warning Forecast: More fog, more showers and more storms

    The stubborn remnants of tropical storm Bonnie will continue to bring us a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms for the next few days. Then a stubborn cold front will bring us a chance for showers and storms through the weekend!

  • VIPIR Full

    Patrick’s First Warning Forecast: Stubborn Bonnie to bring more wet weather

    Bonnie is a name we are going to learn to dislike this week.

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