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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
  • Virtual Set with Almanac 1

    Patrick’s forecast: Record-breaking heat today, but relief on the way

    Thankfully, we won't be breaking any records tomorrow. A cold front will cross the region tonight, bringing us lower temperatures and humidity on Wednesday. It'll be a pretty typical June day, with a mix of sun and clouds and highs in the mid 80s.

  • Virtual Set Bar Graph Wind Gusts

    Patrick’s forecast: Even worse tomorrow, but relief on the way

    Our early-season heat wave will peak on Tuesday with near-record high temperatures and a dangerous combination of heat and humidity. But a cold front will push through late in the day, bringing us a chance for cooling showers and storms and a break from the worst of the weather for at least one day.

  • VIPIR Full

    Patrick’s forecast: Heat, humidity and storms

    A powerful cold front is marching in our direction, sparking a line of strong-to-severe storms to our west. A few of those storms could swing through some of our northern communities later this evening. But it looks like the bulk of the stormy weather will hold off until Tuesday.

  • rockeypatrick2

    Patrick’s forecast: Heat, humidity and storms return

    Sunshine and 70s on this Sunday. If only it could last forever. It can't. Heat and humidity will return for the start of the work week. Ahead of a strong cold front, expect highs back in the upper 80s and lower 90s through most of the work week.

  • VIPIR Full

    Patrick’s forecast: More storms, but sunshine, too

    We expect more fog, drizzle and rain showers to start your Friday and the chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon as an area of low pressure makes its way up the coast. But it looks like we'll see less rain, fewer clouds and even a little sunshine breaking through from time to time in the afternoon.

  • norfcam2

    More rain? More flooding? Yes on both counts.

    A persistent northeast wind, a nearly full moon and saturated soil will join forces to bring us higher-than-normal tides this evening. That may lead to a little nuisance flooding in areas that are prone to flooding. High tides tonight are between 10 pm and midnight. We have seen more clouds than rain today and that has helped yesterday’s drenching rains soak in. And overnight, we can expect mainly light showers with fog and mist and drizzle. So don’t be surprised […]

  • VIPIR Full

    Patrick’s forecast: A stormy week ahead

    A cold front will approach the region tonight and then park itself over us. That front will be the focus for showers and storms through most of the work week.

  • Norfolk Camera with Currents Reveal

    Patrick’s forecast: A few storms, a lot of heat

    After another unusually warm May day, we may see a few cooling showers and storms in the late afternoon and evening hours. These storms may produce a few lightning strikes and some brief, heavy downpours. But we aren't expecting an outbreak of severe weather.

  • VIPIR Full

    Patrick’s forecast: A lot of heat and humidity, a few storms

    Thursday will be another hot and muggy day for us. Ahead of a cold front, a strong southerly wind will send temperatures back into the upper 80s and lower 90s. The front will get close enough to spark scattered showers and storms. These will have plenty of moisture to work with, so some heavy downpours are possible.

  • Beach Camera with Currents Reveal

    Patrick’s forecast: More summer-like weather ahead

    Memorial Day is considered the "unofficial" start to summer, and boy is it going to feel like it this week.

  • SPC Test1

    Patrick’s Forecast: From sunshine to storms

    After a gorgeous Wednesday, the weather will be taking an ugly turn on Thursday. An area of low pressure will spin by to our south, bringing us scattered showers for the first part of the day and a few thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening hours.

  • VIPIR Full

    Patrick’s forecast: More storms tonight

    Expect another round of showers and storms this afternoon and evening as a cold front plows into our soupy air mass. There's plenty of moisture, so some slow-moving storms could cause localized flooding. And some larger hail is also possible, along with brief, gusty winds.


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