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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.

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Recent Articles
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    Hermine has strengthened to a Hurricane

    New data from the Air Force Hurricane Hurricane Hunter aircraft, indicate that Hermine has strengthened to a hurricane. Hermine is the fourth hurricane of 2016 in the Atlantic basin. The system is moving NNE at 14 mph with sustained winds of 75 mph. On the forecast track, the center of Hermine will be near the Florida coast tonight or early Friday. Hermine will make landfall over Florida, then move up the East Coast Friday through Saturday. We’ll start our Friday […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Tropical Storm Hermine could be big rainmaker for holiday weekend

    The First Warning Storm Team is tracking a cold front that will bring rain our way Thursday. More rain for the holiday weekend, thanks to Tropical Storm Hermine. Overnight, expect mostly dry conditions with lows in the lower 70s. Some patchy fog is possible. Thursday will feature sun and clouds to start the day. As the day progresses, a cold front will move in from the northwest. We’ll see some scattered showers and storms by the afternoon and evening. Some […]

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    Update on Tropical Storm Hermine

    As of the 5 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, Hermine had sustained winds at 45 mph with higher gusts. The storm is moving very slowly to the north-northeast at 7 mph. This motion will likely continue with an increase in forward motion through Thursday. On the forecast track, the center will be near the coast in the warning area Thursday night. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or two. In fact, Hermine could be near hurricane strength […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Weekend rain chances and cooler temperatures

    Track rain and storms in your community with the News 3 Interactive Radar HERE. The First Warning Storm Team is tracking rain and storms for your weekend. The weekend won’t be a washout, but scattered rain/storms are possible. Partly cloudy overnight with lows in the mid 70s. The stationary front will still be over the area heading into Saturday, giving us a chance for a few scattered showers and storms. Otherwise, expect partly sunny skies with highs in the mid […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Back to the 80s, rain chances increase

    Track rain and storms in your community with the News 3 Interactive Radar HERE. The First Warning Storm team is tracking decreasing temperatures and increasing chances for rain. A nice break from the extreme heat for the next several days, due in part to showers and storms. A few lingering showers overnight. Otherwise, expect partly cloudy skies with lows falling into the mid 70s. Keep your umbrella handy over the next few days. The stationary front will linger over the […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Tracking rain and milder temperatures

    The First Warning Storm Team is tracking showers/storms and milder weather in your forecast. Some lingering isolated showers/storms overnight, otherwise partly cloudy and warm. Low temperatures will be in the upper 70s. The front will slowly push through our area Thursday and Friday. This will bring a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. Any storms that develop could produce heavy rain and gusty winds. Localized flooding will be a concern. This rain will help to cool us down a bit. […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Tracking triple digit heat for Monday

    The First Warning Storm Team continues to track dangerous heat and humidity. A warm and muggy night in store. Some clearing skies expected, with lows in the upper 70s. Another hot day to start the workweek. Highs in the lower 90s with heat index values near 105°. A chance for an isolated afternoon shower or storm, otherwise, partly cloudy. The dangerous heat will continue through Wednesday with temperatures dropping into the 80s by Thursday. Rain chances will increase heading into […]

  • Heat Advisory

    First Warning Forecast: Heat advisory remains in effect for Sunday

    *Heat Advisory in effect until 8:00 pm Sunday* The First Warning Storm Team is tracking dangerous heat for Sunday. A sultry night in store with lows in the upper 70s. We will continue to see mostly dry conditions on Sunday, all thanks in part to a high pressure system off to our east. This high pressure is blocking any cold fronts from crossing the region. Highs will skyrocket into the mid to upper 90s. If you have to do anything […]

  • Heat Advisory

    First Warning Forecast: Heat Advisory in effect until 8 PM

    *Heat Advisory in effect until 8:00 pm* The First Warning Storm Team is tracking dangerous heat for the weekend. We will continue to see mostly dry conditions this weekend, all thanks in part to a high pressure system off to our east. This high pressure is blocking any cold fronts from crossing the region. Take it easy this weekend! With high pressure offshore, we will continue to feel the oppressive heat. In fact, highs will soar into the mid 90s […]

  • Heat Advisory

    First Warning Forecast: Extreme heat prompting a heat advisory

    *Heat Advisory in effect Saturday 11:00 am until 8:00 pm* The First Warning Storm Team is tracking dangerous heat for the weekend. Overnight, expect partly cloudy skies. It’s going to be warm and muggy. Low temperatures will be in the upper 70s. We will continue to see mostly dry conditions this weekend, all thanks in part to a high pressure system off to our east. This high pressure is blocking any cold fronts from crossing the region. Take it easy […]

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    Humidity, why it makes it feel hotter

  • ADI Heat Index Forecast

    First Warning Forecast: Tracking triple digit heat

    The First Warning Storm Team is continuing to track oppressive conditions through your weekend. A warm and humid night on tap, with lows in the mid to upper 70s. Could see some patchy fog late tonight into your morning commute. Highs Friday with soar into the mid 90s with heat index values near 105°. Mostly dry conditions with a mixture of sun and clouds. An isolated shower or storm is possible in the afternoon and evening. If you’re not enjoying […]