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

  • 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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  • Cool Video: Check out these timelapse videos of Norfolk

    Posted on: 12:02 pm, January 9, 2014, by , updated on: 12:26pm, January 9, 2014

    Check out these cool time lapse videos I shot around the Elizabeth River in Norfolk and Portsmouth. - Meteorologist Patrick Rockey
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  • Video: Navy helicopter crash weather conditions

    Posted on: 5:04 pm, January 8, 2014, by

    This is a look at the weather and water conditions at the time of a Navy helicopter crash off of Virginia Beach and through the afternoon.
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  • VIDEO: Watch temperatures drop more than 50° in 24 hours

    Posted on: 4:08 pm, January 7, 2014, by

    Here's a look at our temperatures dropping more than 50 degrees between Monday Morning and Tuesday morning.
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  • List: How cold was it in your neighborhood?

    Posted on: 10:51 am, January 7, 2014, by

    Patrick Rockey NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist For frequent weather updates: Join me on Facebook Follow me on Twitter Read our...
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  • POLL: Would you go to today’s NFL game with -20º wind chills expected?

    Posted on: 12:49 pm, January 5, 2014, by , updated on: 05:58am, January 6, 2014

    Today's playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers could be one of the coldest in NFL history, with temperatures in the single digits and wind chills from -10º and -20º.
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  • RATE THE DAY: Saturday

    Posted on: 6:44 pm, January 4, 2014, by , updated on: 07:24pm, January 6, 2014

    Each day, I invite my friends on Facebook and Twitter to rate that day's weather...
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  • How cold did it get in your neighborhood last night?

    Posted on: 10:07 am, January 4, 2014, by

    Here's a look at this morning's low temperatures across Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina.
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  • RATE THE DAY: Friday

    Posted on: 9:35 pm, January 3, 2014, by

    Each day, I invite my friends on Facebook and Twitter to rate that day's weather...
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  • VIDEO: Check out these cool Virginia Beach time lapses

    Posted on: 8:20 pm, January 2, 2014, by

    I’m working to use more local video during my forecast. So for Christmas, I bought myself a GoPro camera. Check...
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  • Patrick’s Weather Blog: Despite extremes, 2013 rainfall close to normal

    Posted on: 5:16 pm, December 31, 2013, by , updated on: 06:22am, January 1, 2014

    In the middle of July, with huge thunderstorm downpours repeatedly flooding our roads who would have guessed that the year...
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  • Could there be snow in Hampton Roads next week?

    Posted on: 8:47 pm, November 7, 2013, by , updated on: 09:50pm, November 7, 2013

    Snow in Hampton Roads in mid November? That just doesn’t happen. No, it doesn’t usually and it probably won’t this...
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