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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
  • RADAR Full

    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. […]

  • Heat Index Bar Graph - 5 Day

    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 […]

  • Humidity Explainer

    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 […]

  • Bermuda High

    First Warning Forecast: Bermuda high keeps us mostly dry and hot

    The First Warning storm team is continuing to track oppressive conditions through your weekend. Dewpoints in the mid to upper 70s this afternoon and evening, making it feel downright miserable to be outside. Highs today in the lower 90s with a mixture of sun and clouds with a chance for an isolated shower or storm. Lows tonight in the mid to upper 70s, making for a warm and humid night. Could see some patchy fog late tonight into your morning […]

  • Heat Index Bar Graph - 5 Day

    First Warning Forecast: Tracking triple-digit heat

    Heat and humidity will be the story for the rest of the week…Get ready! A warm and humid Wednesday night on tap with lows in the mid to upper 70s. Some patchy fog is possible for your Thursday morning commute. Heading into the afternoon hours, temperatures will continue to warm into the lower 90s, with heat index values in the triple digits. An isolated shower or storm is possible, otherwise a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will continue to […]

  • ADI Futurecast PM

    First Warning Forecast: Unsettled start to the workweek

    Clean sweeps on the News 3  Interactive Radar A quiet night in store with lows in the low to mid-70s. Dewpoints have backed off a bit, making for a more comfortable night on tap. Conditions will remain unsettled over the next few days as a frontal system remains stalled to our south. A few disturbances will affect us meaning chances for some showers and a possible storm as we head into the beginning of the workweek. Just keep that umbrella […]

  • RADAR Full

    Sunday’s First Warning Forecast: Back to the 80s, showers and storms possible

    Tracking showers in your area with the News 3  Interactive Radar Tracking some spotty showers through the overnight hours as a cold front crosses the area. Brief heavy downpours possible. Another chance for some showers and storms on Sunday. Best chance will be in northeastern North Carolina. Otherwise, mostly dry with partly cloudy skies. Highs will fall back into the 80s behind the cold front. The frontal system will stall to our south on Monday and Tuesday. Monday will features […]

  • RADAR Full

    Saturday’s First Warning Forecast: Hot and humid, storms possible

    Tracking showers in your area with the News 3  Interactive Radar A steamy start Saturday. Dewpoints in the low to mid 70s. As the day progresses, winds will be out of the southwest, which means warmer and muggier conditions. Highs Saturday in the low 90s with heat index values near 100. Scattered showers and storms are possible Saturday evening and into Sunday morning as a cold front moves through the region. Highs will slip back into the mid and upper […]